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MASTER Dl SCIENCE IN NURSING/ 

NURSE ANESTHESIA, NURSE PRAC I I I IONEB AND 111 Al 1 HCAR1 MANAG1 MINI 



Fairfield University 



GRADUATE PROGRAMS 

School of Nursing 



2006-2007 



Information Directory 

Telephone No. 

Fairfield University Switchboard (203) 254-4000 

Athletic Tickets (203) 254-4103 

Bookstore (203)254-4262 

Box Office - Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts (203) 254-4010 

Bursars Office (student accounts) (203) 254-4102 

Career Planning Center (203) 254-4081 

Computing and Network Services Help Desk (StagWeb) (203) 254-4069 

DiMenna-Nyselius Library (203) 254-4044 

Health Center (203) 254-4000. ext. 2241 

Housing (203) 254-4215 

Information Desk - John A. Barone Campus Center (203) 254-4222 

Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex (203) 254-4140 

Public Safety (campus safety, parking) (203) 254-4090 

Registrar's Office (registration, transcripts) (203) 254-4288 

StagCard (203) 254-4009 

Study Abroad Office (203) 254-4332 



The School of Nursing Graduate Program 

Fairfield University 
School of Nursing 
1073 North Benson Road 
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195 
Telephone: (203) 254-4150 
Facsimile: (203) 254-4126 
E-mail: nursing@mail.fairfield.edu 
Website: www.fairfield.edu 

Applications available from: 

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission 

Fairfield University 

Canisius Hall, Room 302 

1073 North Benson Road 

Fairfield. CT 06824-5195 

Telephone: (203) 254-4184 

Facsimile: (203) 254-4073 

E-mail: gradadmis@mail.fairfield.edu 

Website: www.fairfield.edu 

The Fairfield University School of Nursing Graduate Program catalog is printed annually. However, 
updates to programs, policies, and courses may be made after the catalog has been published. 
Please refer to the University's website, www.fairfield.edu for current information. 



SCHOOL OF NURSING 

GRADUATE PROGRAM 

Master of Science in Nursing and 
Post-Master's Certificate Program 

Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Nurse Practitioner Program 

Healthcare Management 



2006-2007 



Table of Contents 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 



FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY 

Academic Calendar 5 

Message from the Dean 6 

Mission Statement 7 

Fairfield University Overview 8 

Campus Services 8 

Parking 10 

Accreditation 10 

Campus Map Inside Back Cover 



ACADEMIC POLICIES AND GENERAL REGULATIONS 

Academic Advising 1 

Student Programs of Study 1 

Academic Freedom 1 

Academic Honor Code 1 

Academic Dishonesty 1 

University Course Numbering System 12 

Normal Academic Progress 12 

Academic Load 12 

Academic Standards 12 

Auditing 12 

Independent Study 12 

Matriculation/Continuation 12 

Time to Complete Degree 12 

Applications for and Awarding of Degrees 13 

Graduation and Commencement 13 

Grading System 13 

Grades 13 

Incomplete 13 

Transfer of Credit 13 

Scholastic Honors 13 

Disruption of Academic Progress 14 

Probation 14 

Withdrawal 14 

Readmission 14 

Academic Grievance Procedures 14 

Transcripts 16 

Student Records 16 



Table of Contents 



ADMISSION 

Admission Policy 17 

Computer Literacy 17 

International Students 17 

Students with Disabilities 17 

Admission Procedure 18 

Admission Requirements for Nurse Anesthesia Program 18 

Admission Procedure for Nurse Anethesia Program 18 

Miller Analogies Test 19 

Graduate Record Exam 19 

Special Student Status 19 

The StagCard 19 



THE SCHOOL OF NURSING GRADUATE PROGRAM 

Overview 22 

The Practitioner Tracks 22 

Clinical Practica; Health Professional Requirements; Certification 23 

Health and Professional Requirements 23 

Nurse Anesthesia Certification 24 

The Healthcare Management Track 24 

Graduate Program Options 24 

School of Nursing Philosophy 25 

School of Nursing Mission and Purpose 25 

School of Nursing Organizing Framework 25 

Graduate Program Objectives 26 

Graduate Courses Required for MSN 27 

Nurse Anesthesia 27 

Practitioner 27 

Healthcare Management 28 

Nurse Anesthesia Track 28 

Family Nurse Practitioner Track 29 

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track 29 

Healthcare Management Track 30 

Curriculum Requirements — Post-Master's Certificate 31 

Family Nurse Practitioner Track 31 

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track 31 

Course Descriptions 32 

Compliance Statements and Notifications 39 



TUITION, FEES, AND FINANCIAL AID 

Tuition and Fees 40 

Deferred Payment 40 

Reimbursement by Employer 40 

Nurse Anesthesia Program Tuition Reimbursement 40 

Nurse Anesthesia Program Living Expenses 41 

Refund of Tuition 41 

Financial Aid 

Advanced Education Nurse Traineeships 41 

Assistantships 

Federal Stafford Loans 41 

Sallie Mae Signature Student Loan 42 

Tax Deductions 42 

Veterans 42 

Administration and Faculty 43 



Academic Calendar 



School of Nursing 



2006-07 ACADEMIC CALENDAR 



Classes are offered on weeknights and Saturdays to accommodate those in the program who are employed full time. 
Refer to the schedules that are distributed each semester for calendar changes. 



Summer 2006 

May 23 - August 26 Summer Session 

May 30 Memorial Day - University holiday 

July 4 Independence Day - University holiday 

July 5 Degree cards due for August graduation 

Fall 2006 

Aug. 22 Back to Campus Day 

Sept. 6 Classes begin 

Oct. 1 Deadline for submission of Summer practicum applications 

Oct. 20 Degree cards due for January graduation 

Nov. 22 - Nov. 26 Thanksgiving recess 

Nov. 27 Classes resume 

Dec. 21 Last day of classes for graduate students 

Winter 2006 Intersession 

Jan. 2 - Jan. 13 Intersession classes 

Spring 2007 

Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - University holiday 

Jan. 16 Classes begin 

Feb. 1 Deadline for submission of Fall practicum applications 

Feb. 16 Degree cards due for May graduation 

March 12 - March 16 Spring recess 

March 19 Classes resume 

April 5- April 8 Easter recess 

May 1 Deadline for submission of Spring '07 practicum applications 

May 7 Last day of classes 

May 20 57th Commencement 

Summer 2007 

May 22 - Aug. 27 Summer Session 

May 29 Memorial Day - University holiday 

July 3 & 4 Independence Day - University holiday 

July 5 Degree cards due for August graduation 



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A Message from the Dean 



A Message from the Dean 




Welcome to graduate education in nursing at Fairfield 
University! 

Students who decide to enroll are entering Fairfield 
University's School of Nursing Graduate Program at a 
point in time when the world of healthcare is rapidly chang- 
ing. There are four graduate tracks— nurse anesthesia, 
family nurse practitioner, psych-mental health nurse prac- 
titioner, and health care management. The goal of each 
track is to provide students with an educational experience 
that is Jesuit, personal, and powerful. This experience 
takes place in a caring, diverse academic learning envi- 
ronment that provides one of the world's highest standards 
of nursing education. 

The Fairfield University School of Nursing graduate curriculum prepares advanced practice nurses to pro- 
vide care for patients in a wide range of settings. Classroom and clinical experiences take place under the 
guidance and leadership of outstanding faculty members who are mentors and role models for their stu- 
dents. The qualifications and expertise of faculty members provide students with opportunities for 
research, scholarship, clinical experiences, and leadership opportunities throughout the course of study. 

The School of Nursing also enhances learning through close relationships with clinical agencies that offer 
students individualized practicum experiences, and by providing opportunities for students to interact with 
national nursing leaders who teach courses within the curriculum at various points in time. 

The achievements of the School of Nursing at Fairfield are best represented by student involvement in the 
Mu Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing, and Alpha Mu, the Jesuit 
graduate honor society. Increasing numbers of students continue their education at the doctoral level. 

Nursing is the healthcare career of the 21st century. We invite you to study nursing with us at Fairfield. 






Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 
Dean and Professor, School of Nursing 



Fairfield University Mission 



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Fairfield University Mission 



Fairfield University, founded by the Society of Jesus, is 
a coeducational institution of higher learning whose pri- 
mary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual 
potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and 
religious values and a sense of social responsibility. 
Jesuit education, which began in 1547, is committed 
today to the service of faith, of which the promotion of 
justice is an absolute requirement. 

Fairfield is Catholic in both tradition and spirit. It cele- 
brates the God-given dignity of every human person. As 
a Catholic university it welcomes those of all beliefs and 
traditions who share its concerns for scholarship, justice, 
truth, and freedom, and it values the diversity that their 
membership brings to the University community. 

Fairfield educates its students through a variety of schol- 
arly and professional disciplines. All of its schools share 
a liberal and humanistic perspective and a commitment 
to excellence. Fairfield encourages a respect for all the 
disciplines - their similarities, their differences, and their 
interrelationships. In particular, in its undergraduate 
schools it provides all students with a broadly based 
general education curriculum with a special emphasis 
on the traditional humanities as a complement to the 
more specialized preparation in disciplines and profes- 
sions provided by the major programs. Fairfield is also 
committed to the needs of society for liberally educated 
professionals. It meets the needs of its students to 
assume positions in this society through its undergradu- 
ate and graduate professional schools and programs. 

A Fairfield education is a liberal education, characterized 
by its breadth and depth. It offers opportunities for indi- 
vidual and common reflection, and it provides training in 
such essential human skills as analysis, synthesis, and 
communication. The liberally educated person is able to 
assimilate and organize facts, to evaluate knowledge, to 
identify issues, to use appropriate methods of reason- 
ing, and to convey conclusions persuasively in written 
and spoken word. Equally essential to liberal education 
is the development of the aesthetic dimension of human 
nature, the power to imagine, to intuit, to create, and to 
appreciate. In its fullest sense liberal education initiates 
students at a mature level into their culture, its past, its 
present, and its future. 

Fairfield recognizes that learning is a lifelong process 
and sees the education that it provides as a foundation 
upon which its students may continue to build within 
their chosen areas of scholarly study or professional 
development. It also seeks to foster in its students a 
continuing intellectual curiosity and a desire for self-edu- 
cation that will extend to the broad range of areas to 
which they have been introduced in their studies. 




As a community of scholars, Fairfield gladly joins in the 
broader task of expanding human knowledge and deep- 
ening human understanding, and to this end it encour- 
ages and supports the scholarly research and artistic 
production of its faculty and students. 

Fairfield has a further obligation to the wider community 
of which it is a part, to share with its neighbors its 
resources and its special expertise for the betterment of 
the community as a whole. Faculty and students are 
encouraged to participate in the larger community 
through service and academic activities. But most of all, 
Fairfield serves the wider community by educating its 
students to be socially aware and morally responsible 
persons. 

Fairfield University values each of its students as individ- 
uals with unique abilities and potentials, and it respects 
the personal and academic freedom of all its members. 
At the same time, it seeks to develop a greater sense of 
community within itself, a sense that all of its members 
belong to and are involved in the University, sharing 
common goals and a common commitment to truth and 
justice, and manifesting in their lives the common con- 
cern for others which is the obligation of all educated, 
mature human beings. 



O Fairfield University 

Fairfield University 



A comprehensive liberal arts university built upon the 
450-year-old Jesuit traditions of scholarship and serv- 
ice, Fairfield University is distinguished by sound aca- 
demics, collegiality among faculty and students, and a 
beautiful, 200-acre campus with views of Long Island 
Sound. 

Since its founding in 1942 by the Society of Jesus (the 
Jesuits), the University has grown from an all-male 
school serving 300 to a competitively ranked coeduca- 
tional institution serving 3,300 undergraduate students 
and more than 1,000 graduate students, plus non-tradi- 
tional students enrolled in University College. 

In addition to 34 undergraduate majors, Fairfield offers 
full- and part-time graduate programs through its 
College of Arts and Sciences, its Charles F. Dolan 
School of Business, and its schools of Engineering, 
Graduate Education and Allied Professions, and 
Nursing. Graduate students earn credentials for profes- 
sional advancement while benefiting from small class 
sizes, opportunities for real-world application, and the 
resources and reputation of a school consistently 
ranked among the top regional universities in the North 
by U.S. News & World Report. 

In the past decade, more than two dozen Fairfield stu- 
dents have been named Fulbright scholars, and the 
University is among the 1 2 percent of four-year colleges 
and universities with membership in Phi Beta Kappa, 
the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic 
honor society. 

Undergraduate students represent 35 states and more 
than 30 countries. 

Fairfield is located one hour north of New York City at 
the center of a dynamic corridor populated by colleges 
and universities, cultural and recreational resources, 
and leading corporate employers. Its recently renovated 
and expanded facilities include the Rudolph F. Bannow 
Science Center, the John A. Barone Campus Center, 
and the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. 

The third youngest of the 28 Jesuit universities in the 
United States, Fairfield has emerged as an academic 
leader well positioned to meet the needs of modern stu- 
dents. More than 60 years after its founding, the 
University's mission remains the same: To educate the 
whole person, challenging the intellectual, spiritual, and 
physical potential of all students. 

In the spirit of its Jesuit founders, Fairfield University 
extends to its graduate students myriad resources and 
services designed to foster their intellectual, spiritual, 
and physical development. 



CAMPUS SERVICES 

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library combines the best of 
the traditional academic library with the latest access 
to print and electronic resources. It is the intellectual 
heart of Fairfield's campus and its signature academic 
building. 

Carrels, leisure seating, and research tables provide 
study space for up to 900 individual students, while 
groups meet in team rooms or study areas, or convene 
for conversation in the 24-hour cyber cafe. Other 
resources include a 24-hour, open-access computer lab 
with Macintosh and Intel-based computers; a second 
computer lab featuring Windows-based computers only; 
two dozen multimedia workstations; an electronic class- 
room; a 90-seat multimedia auditorium; an Information 
Technology Center for large and small group training; 
the Center for Academic Excellence; photocopiers, 
microform readers, and printers; and audiovisual hard- 
ware and software. Workstations for the physically 
disabled are available throughout the library. 

The library's collection includes more than 330,000 
bound volumes, 1,800 journals and newspapers, 
12,000 audiovisual items, and the equivalent of 101,000 
volumes in microform. To borrow library materials, stu- 
dents must present a StagCard at the Circulation Desk. 
Students can search for materials using an integrated 
library system and online catalog. Library resources 
may also be accessed from any desktop on or off cam- 
pus at http://www.fairfield.edu/library.html. From this 
site, students use their StagCard number and a pin 
code to access their accounts, read full-text journal arti- 
cles from more than 100 databases, submit interlibrary 
loan forms electronically, or contact a reference librari- 
an around the clock via e-mail or "live" chat. 

During the academic year, the library is open 
Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; 
Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 
9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight. 

The Rudolph F. Bannow Science Center's 44,000- 
square-foot addition, completed in 2002, houses 
advanced instructional and research facilities that foster 
the development of science learning communities, 
engage students in experiential learning, and invite col- 
laborative faculty and student research in biology, 
chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, 
and psychology. The original building underwent com- 
plementary renovations. 

The John A. Barone Campus Center, which was 
extensively renovated in 2001, is the social focal point 
of University activities and offers students a place to 
relax, socialize, or study during the day. Students can 
sip cappuccino at Jazzman's CyberCafe, shop at the 
University bookstore, watch deejays for the campus 



radio station, WVOF-FM 88.5, at work in their new 
glass-enclosed studio, or grab meals at one of two din- 
ing facilities. The center is open 24 hours from Sunday 
through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays 
and Saturdays. Call the Campus Center between 9 a.m. 
and 9 p.m. for bookstore and dining hall hours. 

The Career Planning Center, located in the Aloysius P. 
Kelley, S.J., Administrative Center, is open to graduate 
students and offers career information, on-line job list- 
ings, and career counseling services. Counselors work 
with students to help facilitate personal and vocational 
discovery, career exploration, and assist in developing 
personal job search strategies. 

The Center also invites leading employers to recruit on 
campus. Graduate students who wish to leverage their 
master's degrees in a career transition should meet with 
the director of career planning one year prior to gradu- 
ation. Graduate students enrolled in the Charles F. 
Dolan School of Business should first consult with the 
business school's assistant dean. 

The Campus Ministry team nourishes a faith commu- 
nity on campus, taking seriously its unique role in 
expressing the University's Catholic and Jesuit identity. 
The team, composed of pastoral ministers, laypeople, 
and a council of 18 student leaders, provides counsel- 
ing and spiritual direction, fosters prayer life, conducts 
liturgies and retreats, trains students as lectors and 
Eucharistic ministers, and coordinates interfaith and 
ecumenical events. 

Service learning opportunities give students a chance 
for reflection as they work and live alongside people 
of different backgrounds. Students may apply for 
immersion experiences in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Mexico, 
and Haiti, as well as trips closer to home in Kentucky, 
Maine, and Connecticut. Each year, hundreds of stu- 
dents participate in Campus Ministry or community 
service events. 

Campus Ministry is housed in the Rev. Pedro Arrupe, 
S.J., Campus Ministry Center on the lower level of the 
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mass is held daily 
in the chapel during the lunch hour, on some week- 
nights, and twice on Sundays. 

Fairfield's Computing Services are state-of-the-art. 
High-speed fiber-optic cable, with transmission capabil- 
ities of 100 megabits per second, connects classrooms, 
residence hall rooms, and faculty and administrative 
offices, providing access to the library collection, e-mail, 
various databases, and other on-campus resources. 

Nineteen computer labs, supported by knowledgeable 
lab assistants and open 14 hours a day for walk-in and 
classroom use, offer hardware and software for the 
Windows and Macintosh environments. All campus 
buildings are connected to the Internet, and all resi- 
dence hall rooms have Internet connections, cable tele- 
vision, and voicemail. Students are issued individual 



Fairfield University 



accounts in StagWeb, a secure website where they can 
check e-mail, register for courses, review their academ- 
ic and financial records, and stay tuned to campus-wide 
announcements. 

Administrative Computing (SunGard SCT) is 

located in Dolan 110 East and provides support for 
the integrated administrative system, Banner. 
Additionally, Administrative Computing supports 
StagWeb, the campus portal that enables students 
to access their e-mail, grades, calendars, course 
schedules and other types of information that is 
important to the adult learner. Administrative 
Computing's Help Desk is located on the second 
floor of Dolan Commons and can be reached by 
e-mail (helpdesk@mail.fairfield.edu) or by phone 
(203) 254-4357. The hours of operation are Mon., 
Weds., Thurs., and Fri. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 
and on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Computing and Network Serw'cesjocated on the 
second floor of Dolan Commons, provides lab sup- 
port, technical advice, classroom technology appli- 
cations, and personal Web page assistance. Office 
hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The SCT Help 
Desk, located on the second floor of Dolan 
Commons, assists with questions related to 
StagWeb (see above). 

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the 
safety of people and property on campus. Officers patrol 
campus by bike, foot, and vehicle 24 hours a day, 365 
days a year. The Department of Public Safety is author- 
ized to prevent, investigate, and report violations of 
State or Federal Law and University regulations. In addi- 
tion, officers are trained to provide emergency first aid 
and are supplemental first responders for the Town of 
Fairfield. Public Safety officers also oversee the flow of 
traffic on campus and enforce parking regulations. Any 
student, faculty member, or employee of Fairfield 
University should directly report any potential criminal 
act or other emergency to any officer or representative 
of the Department of Public Safety immediately, by call- 
ing (203) 254-4090 or visiting us in Loyola Hall, Room 2. 

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts serves as a 
cultural hub and resource for the University and sur- 
rounding towns, offering popular and classical music 
programs, dance, theatre, and outreach events for 
young audiences. The center consists of the 740-seat 
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre, the smaller Lawrence A. 
Wien Experimental Theatre, and the Thomas J. Walsh 
Art Gallery. Tickets to Quick Center events are available 
to graduate students at a discounted price. For a calen- 
dar of events, visit www.quickcenter.com. 

In addition, various departments schedule exhibitions, 
lectures, and dramatic programs throughout the aca- 
demic year. These events are open to all members of 
the University community and many are free of charge. 



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Fairfield University 



Athletics and Recreation 

In athletics, Fairfield is a Division I member of the 
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and 
competes in conference championship play as a charter 
member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 
(MAAC). The men's and women's basketball teams play 
at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard, considered one of 
the top facilities in collegiate basketball. Discounted 
tickets for Fairfield Stags games are available to gradu- 
ate students. For tickets or other information, call the 
athletic box office or visit www.fairfieldstags.com. In 
addition, competitions in soccer, lacrosse, and other 
sports are held on campus and are free of charge to 
graduate students. 

The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex, a multi- 
purpose facility also known as the RecPlex, features a 
25-meter, eight-lane swimming pool; a field house for 
various sports; a whirlpool; saunas in the men's and 
women's locker rooms; and racquetball courts. Other 
amenities are two cardio theatres, a weight room, and 
group fitness courses. The Department of Recreation 
also oversees the outdoor tennis, basketball, and sand 
volleyball courts as well as two temporary, portable ice- 
skating rinks. Graduate students may join the RecPlex 
on a per semester basis by presenting a current 
StagCard. For membership information and hours, call 
the RecPlex office, and paying the appropriate fee. 



Parking on Campus 

All vehicles must be registered with the Department 
of Public Safety and display a current vehicle regis- 
tration sticker. For graduate students, the fee for this 
is included as part of tuition. However, graduate stu- 
dents must register their vehicle. To do so, students 
complete and submit the online registration form 
available on StagWeb (see page 19). Students 
should then bring a copy of the submitted application 
to Public Safety (Loyola Hall, Room 2) with proof 
of enrollment and their state vehicle registration. A 
pamphlet detailing traffic and parking regulations 
will be provided with your registration sticker. 
Unauthorized vehicles parked in fire lanes, handi- 
capped, or service vehicle spaces are subject to 
both fines and towing. Handicapped persons must 
display an official state handicapped permit. 



ACCREDITATION 



Fairfield University is fully accredited by the New 
England Association of Schools and Colleges, which 
accredits schools and colleges in the six New England 
states. Accreditation by one of the six regional accredit- 
ing associations in the United States indicates that the 
school or college has been carefully evaluated and 
found to meet standards agreed upon by qualified edu- 
cators. 

Additional accreditations include: 

AACSB International - The Association to Advance 
Collegiate Schools of Business 

Charles F. Dolan School of Business 
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology 
Electrical Engineering program 
Mechanical Engineering program 
Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family 
Therapy Education of the American Association for 
Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) 

Marriage and Family Therapy program 
Connecticut State Department of Higher Education 
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related 
Educational Programs (CACREP) 

Counselor Education programs 
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Undergraduate Nursing programs 
Graduate Nursing programs 

Program approvals include: 

Connecticut State Department of Higher Education 

Elementary and Secondary Teacher 
certification programs 

Graduate programs leading to certification 
in specialized areas of education 

School of Nursing programs 
Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing 

Undergraduate Nursing programs 

Graduate Nursing programs 
Nurse Anesthesia Council on Accreditation 

The University holds memberships in: 

AACSB International - The Association to Advance 

Collegiate Schools of Business 
American Association of Colleges for Teacher 

Education 
American Association of Colleges of Nursing 
American Council for Higher Education 
American Council on Education 
ASEE - American Society for Engineering Education 
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities 
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities 
Connecticut Association of Colleges and Universities 

for Teacher Education 
Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges 
Connecticut Council for Higher Education 
National Association of Independent Colleges 

and Universities 
National Catholic Educational Association 
New England Business and Economic Association 



Academic Policies and General Regulations 



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ACADEMIC POLICIES AND 
GENERAL REGULATIONS 



Academic Advising and 
Curriculum Planning 

Specialty Track Directors advise all fully matriculated 
students in their respective tracks. The Assistant Dean 
advises all non-matriculated students. Students must 
meet with their advisor during their first semester of 
enrollment to plan a program of study. The advisor must 
be consulted each subsequent semester regarding 
course selection, and the advisor's signature of 
approval on the University registration form is required. 
Students must register no later than one week prior to 
the first day of class. 

Information about state certification requirements may 
be obtained from the certification officer or graduate 
faculty advisors. 



Student Programs of Study 

All programs of study must be planned with an advisor. 
In granting approval, the advisor will consider the stu- 
dent's previous academic record and whether or not the 
prerequisites set forth for the specific program have 
been met. Should a student wish to change his or her 
track or concentration, this request must be made in 
writing and approved by the advisor and the dean. 



Academic Freedom and 
Responsibility 

The statement on academic freedom, as formulated in 
the 1940 Statement of Principles endorsed by the 
AAUP and incorporating the 1970 interpretive com- 
ments, is the policy of Fairfield University. Academic 
freedom and responsibility are here defined as the lib- 
erty and obligation to study, to investigate, to present 
and interpret, and discuss facts and ideas concerning 
all branches and fields of learning. Academic freedom is 
limited only by generally accepted standards of respon- 
sible scholarship and by respect for the Catholic com- 
mitment of the institution as expressed in its mission 
statement, which provides that Fairfield University "wel- 
comes those of all beliefs and traditions who share its 
concerns for scholarship, justice, truth, and freedom, 
and it values the diversity which their membership 
brings to the university community." 



Academic Honesty 

All members of the Fairfield University community share 
responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropri- 



ate standards of academic honesty and integrity. As 
such, faculty members have an obligation to set high 
standards of honesty and integrity through personal 
example and the learning communities they create. It is 
further expected that students will follow these stan- 
dards and encourage others to do so. 



Honor Code 

Fairfield University's primary purpose is the pursuit of 
academic excellence. This is possible only in an atmos- 
phere where discovery and communication of knowl- 
edge are marked by scrupulous, unqualified honesty. 
Therefore, it is expected that all students taking classes 
at the University adhere to the following Honor Code: 

"I understand that any violation of academic integrity 
wounds the entire community and undermines the trust 
upon which the discovery and communication of knowl- 
edge depends. Therefore, as a member of the Fairfield 
University community, I hereby pledge to uphold and 
maintain these standards of academic honesty and 
integrity." 

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Track are subject to 
all Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield University policies 
and procedures. Bridgeport Hospital and Bridgeport 
Anesthesia Associates have the right to remove a stu- 
dent from assignment at Bridgeport Hospital after it has 
been determined by Bridgeport Hospital that such 
removal is in the best interest of the Hospital and of 
patient safety. The appeal of such removal of a student 
and all clinical and/or administrative grievances shall be 
addressed according to the policies and procedures set 
forth in the Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia 
Program Student Handbook. Academic Grievances 
shall be addressed according to the policies and proce- 
dures set forth in the Fairfield University School of 
Nursing Graduate Program Catalog/Handbook. 



Academic Dishonesty 



Students are sometimes unsure of what constitutes 
academic dishonesty. In all academic work, students 
are expected to submit materials that are their own and 
to include attribution for any ideas or language that is 
not their own. Examples of dishonest conduct include 
but are not limited to: 

• Cheating, such as copying examination answers from 
materials such as crib notes or another student's paper. 

• Collusion, such as working with another person or per- 
sons when independent work is prescribed. 

• Inappropriate use of notes. 

• Falsification or fabrication of an assigned project, data, 
results, or sources. 

• Giving, receiving, offering, or soliciting information in 
examinations. 



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Academic Policies and General Regulations 



• Using previously prepared materials in examinations, 
tests, or quizzes. 

• Destruction or alteration of another student's work. 

• Submitting the same paper or report for assignments in 
more than one course without the prior written permis- 
sion of each instructor. 

• Appropriating information, ideas, or the language of 
other people or writers and submitting it as one's own to 
satisfy the requirements of a course - commonly known 
as plagiarism. Plagiarism constitutes theft and deceit. 
Assignments (compositions, term papers, computer 
programs, etc.) acquired either in part or in whole from 
commercial sources, publications, students, or other 
sources and submitted as one's own original work will 
be considered plagiarism. 

• Unauthorized recording, sale, or use of lectures and 
other instructional materials. 

In the event of such dishonesty, professors are to award 
a grade of zero for the project, paper, or examination in 
question, and may record an F for the course itself. 
When appropriate, expulsion may be recommended. A 
notation of the event is made in the student's file in the 
academic dean's office. The student will receive a copy. 



University Course Numbering 
System 

Undergraduate 

01-99 Introductory courses 
1 00-1 99 Intermediate courses without 

prerequisites 
200-299 Intermediate courses with prerequisites 
300-399 Advanced courses, normally limited 
to juniors and seniors, and open to 
graduate students with permission 

Graduate 

400-499 Graduate courses, open to 

undergraduate students with permission 
500-599 Graduate courses 



Normal Academic Progress 

Academic Load 

A full-time student will normally carry nine credits during 
the fall or spring semester. Twelve credits is the maxi- 
mum load permitted. During summer sessions, full-time 
students are permitted to carry a maximum load of 12 
credits. Students who work full-time or attend another 
school may not be full-time students. Such individuals 
are ordinarily limited to six credits during the fall or 
spring semesters and nine credits during the summer 
sessions. 



Academic Standards 

Students are required to maintain satisfactory academ- 
ic standards of scholastic performance. Candidates for 
a master's degree or certificate must maintain a 3.00 
grade point average. 

Auditing 

A student who wishes to audit a graduate course may 
do so only in consultation with the course instructor. A 
Permission to Audit form, available at the dean's office, 
must be completed and presented at registration during 
the regular registration period. No academic credit is 
awarded and a grade notation (AU) is recorded on the 
official transcript under the appropriate semester and 
course name. The tuition for auditing is one-half of the 
credit tuition, except for those hands-on courses involv- 
ing the use of a computer workstation. In this case, the 
audit tuition is the same as the credit tuition. Conversion 
from audit to credit status will be permitted only before 
the third class and with the permission of the course 
instructor. 

Independent Study 

The purpose of independent study at the graduate level 
is to broaden student knowledge in a specific area of 
interest. Students must submit a preliminary proposal 
using the Independent Study Application form, which is 
available in the dean's office, to the major advisor. 
Frequent consultation with the major advisor is 
required. Students may earn from one to six credits for 
an independent study course. 

Matriculation/Continuation 

In the first 12 semester hours, the student must com- 
plete at least one course from the intended area of 
concentration and a philosophical foundations course 
if required. To remain in good academic standing, a 
student must achieve a 3.00 cumulative quality point 
average upon completion of the first 12 semester hours. 
A student whose cumulative quality point average falls 
below 3.00 in any semester is placed on academic pro- 
bation for the following semester. Students on academ- 
ic probation must meet with their advisors to program 
adjustments to their course load. If, at the end of the 
probationary semester, the student's overall average is 
again below 3.00, he or she may be dismissed. 

Continuation in a state certification program requires 
performance above the minimum academic level in 
advanced courses and field experiences, and the rec- 
ommendation of the area faculty. 

Time to Complete Degree 

Students are expected to complete all requirements 
for the MSN program and graduate within five years 
after beginning their course work. Students completing 
certificate programs must fulfill their requirements with- 
in three years of beginning course work. Each student 
is expected to make some annual progress toward 
the degree or certificate to remain in good standing. 
A student who elects to take a leave of absence must 
submit a request, in writing, to the dean. 



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Applications for and Awarding of Degrees 

All students must file an application for the master's 
degree in the dean's office by the published deadline. 
Graduate students must successfully complete all 
requirements for the degree in order to participate in 
commencement exercises. Refer to the calendar for the 
degree application deadline. 

Graduation and Commencement 

Diplomas are awarded in January, May, and August 
(see calendar for application deadlines). Students who 
have been awarded diplomas in the previous August 
and January, and those who have completed all degree 
requirements for May graduation, are invited to partici- 
pate in the May commencement ceremony. Graduate 
students must successfully complete all requirements 
for the degree in order to participate in commencement. 



Grading System 



Grades; Academic Average 

The work of each student is graded on the following 
basis: 



A 


Excellent 


B 


Good 


C 


Fair 


F 


Failed 


I 


Incomplete 


P 


Pass 


W 


Withdrew without penalty 



The symbol + suffixed to the grades of B and C indi- 
cates the upper ranges covered by those grades. The 
symbol - suffixed to the grades A, B, and C indicates the 
lower ranges covered by those grades. 

The grade of incomplete is given at the discretion of 
individual professors. All coursework must be complet- 
ed within 30 days after the last class in the course for 
which a student has received an incomplete grade, after 
which the "I" becomes an F. Pass or Fail grades are 
used in a limited number of courses. 

No change of grade will be processed after a student 
has graduated. Any request for the change of an earned 
letter grade is at the discretion of the original teacher of 
the course and must be recommended in writing to the 
dean by the professor of record within one calendar 
year of the final class of the course or before gradua- 
tion, whichever comes first. 

A student may request an extension of the one-year 
deadline from the dean of their school if he or she can 
provide documentation that extenuating circumstances 
warrant an extension of the one-year deadline. Such an 
extension may be approved only if the professor of 
record agrees to the extension and an explicit date is 
stipulated by which the additional work must be submit- 
ted. 



A change of an incomplete grade follows the estab- 
lished policy. 

A student who elects to withdraw from a course must 
obtain written approval from the dean. Refunds will not 
be granted without written notice. The amount of tuition 
refund will be based upon the date the notice is 
received. Fees are not refundable unless a course is 
canceled. 

Each grade has a numerical value as follows: 



A 


4.00 


A- 


3.67 


B+ 


3.33 


B 


3.00 


B- 


2.67 


C+ 


2.33 


C 


2.00 


C- 


1.67 


D 


1.00 


F 


0.00 



Multiplying a grade's numerical value by the credit value 
of a course produces the number of quality points 
earned by a student. The student's grade point average 
is computed by dividing the number of quality points 
earned by the total number of credits completed, includ- 
ing failed courses. The average is rounded to the near- 
est second decimal place. 

Incomplete 

An incomplete grade is issued in the rare case when, 
due to an emergency, a student makes arrangements - 
in advance and with the professor's and the dean's per- 
mission - to complete some of the course requirements 
after the semester ends. All course work must be com- 
pleted within 30 days of the end of the term. Any "I" still 
outstanding after the 30-day extension will become an 
F and the student will be excluded from the program. 

Transfer of Credit 

Transfer of credit from another approved institution of 
higher learning will be allowed if it is graduate work 
done after the completion of a bachelor's program and 
completed prior to entering Fairfield University. 

No more than six credits may be transferred. Transfer 
credit will be considered for graduate coursework 
earned with a grade of B or better. An official transcript 
of the work done must be received before a decision will 
be made on approving the transfer. 



Scholastic Honors 

Alpha Sigma Nu 

Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, 
serves to reward and encourage scholarship, loyalty, 
and service to the ideals of Jesuit higher education. To 
be nominated for membership, graduate students must 
have scholastic rank in the top 15 percent of their class, 
demonstrate a proven concern for others, and manifest 



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a true concern and commitment to the values and goals 
of the society. The Fairfield chapter was reactivated in 
1981 and includes outstanding undergraduate and 
graduate students who are encouraged to promote 
service to the University and provide greater under- 
standing of the Jesuit ideals of education. 

Sigma Theta Tau 

Membership in Sigma Theta Tau, the international 
honor society of nursing, is an honor conferred on 
nurses and nursing students who have demonstrated 
excellence in and commitment to nursing. Standards 
for membership include demonstrated excellence in 
scholarship and/or exceptional achievement in nursing. 
The criteria for induction of Fairfield University graduate 
students are as follows: 

• Completion of one-fourth of graduate coursework by 
the end of spring semester 

• An overall grade point average of at least 3.5 at the 
end of the spring semester for all courses taken at 
Fairfield University. 

The Fairfield chapter, Mu Chi, was established in 1992 
and currently includes more than 500 students and 
alumni of the School of Nursing. Members of Mu Chi, 
are committed to fostering nursing leadership, research 
and creativity. 



Disruption of Academic Progress 

Academic Probation/Dismissal 

A student whose overall grade point average falls below 
3.00 in any semester is placed on probation for the 
following semester. If the overall grade point average 
is again below 3.00 at the end of that semester, the 
student may be dismissed. Any student who receives 
two course grades below 2.67 or B- will be excluded 
from the program. 

Grades 

Any student who earns less than a B- twice may not be 
allowed to continue in the program. Practicum courses 
in the MSN program are given a letter grade. For the 
Nurse Anesthesia Program, any student who earns a 
grade below C (2.0) will be dismissed. 

Withdrawal 

Students who wish to withdraw from a 14-15-week 
course before its sixth scheduled class must do so in 
writing or in person at the Registrar's Office. Written 
withdrawals are effective as of the date received or 
postmarked. In-person withdrawals are made in the 
Registrar's Office by completing and submitting a 
Change of Registration form. 

Those who wish to withdraw from a course after the 
sixth scheduled class must submit a written statement 
of their intention to the dean for approval to withdraw 
without academic penalty. Failure to attend class or 
merely giving notice to an instructor does not constitute 



an official withdrawal and may result in a penalty grade 
being recorded for the course. In general, course with- 
drawals are not approved after the sixth scheduled 
class. In extreme cases, exceptions may be approved 
by the dean. 

Readmission 

All students who interrupt their education for more than 
two successive terms must be reinstated. Requests for 
reinstatement may be made by letter to the dean at 
least one month prior to enrollment in courses. If a 
student has been inactive for 24 months or longer, it will 
be necessary to submit a new application for admission 
to graduate programs. A review of past work will deter- 
mine the terms of readmission. 

Students who receive a master's degree from Fairfield 
University and who want to begin programs leading to 
a Post-Master's certificate are required to file a new 
application of admission. 



Academic Grievance Procedures 

Purpose 

Procedures for review of academic grievances protect 
the rights of students, faculty, and the University by pro- 
viding mechanisms for equitable problem solving. 

Types of Grievances 

A grievance is defined as a complaint of unfair treat- 
ment for which a specific remedy is sought. It excludes 
circumstances that may give rise to a complaint for 
which explicit redress is neither called for nor sought, or 
for which other structures within the University serve as 
an agency for resolution. 

Academic grievances relate to procedural appeals or to 
academic competence appeals, or to issues of academ- 
ic dishonesty. Procedural appeals are defined as those 
seeking a remedy where no issue of the quality of the 
student's work is involved. For example, a student might 
contend that the professor failed to follow previously 
announced mechanisms of evaluation. 

Academic competence appeals are defined as those 
seeking a remedy because the evaluation of the quality 
of a student's work in a course is disputed. Remedies 
would include but not be limited to awarded grade 
changes, such as permission to take make-up examina- 
tions or to repeat courses without penalty. 

Academic dishonesty appeals are defined as those 
seeking a remedy because of a dispute over whether 
plagiarism or cheating occurred. Remedies would 
include but not limited to removal of file letter, change of 
grade, or submitting new or revised work. 

Time Limits 

The procedures defined here must be initiated within 
one semester after the event that is the subject of the 
grievance. 



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Informal Procedure 

Step one: The student attempts to resolve any academ- 
ic grievance with the faculty member, department chair, 
or other individual or agency involved. If, following this 
initial attempt at resolution, the student remains con- 
vinced that a grievance exists, she or he advances to 
step two. 

Step two: The student consults the chair, or other indi- 
viduals when appropriate, bringing written documenta- 
tion of the process up to this point. If the student contin- 
ues to assert that a grievance exists after attempted 
reconciliation, he or she advances to step three. 

Step three: The student presents the grievance to the 
dean of the school in which the course was offered, 
bringing to this meeting documentation of steps one and 
two. If the dean's attempts at mediation prove unsuc- 
cessful, the student is informed of the right to initiate for- 
mal review procedures. 

Formal Procedure 

Step one: If the student still believes that the grievance 
remains unresolved following informal procedures, she 
or he initiates the formal review procedure by making a 
written request through the dean of the school in which 
the course was offered for a formal hearing in the aca- 
demic vice president's office. Such a request should 
define the grievance and be accompanied by documen- 
tation of completion of the informal process. It should 
also be accompanied by the dean's opinion of the griev- 
ance. 

Step two: The academic vice president determines 
whether the grievance merits further attention. If not, the 
student is so informed. 

If, however, the grievance does merit further attention, 
the academic vice president determines whether it is a 
procedural, competence, or academic dishonesty 
appeal. 

• If it relates to a procedural matter, the academic vice 
president selects a dean (other than the dean of the 
involved school) to chair a grievance committee. 

• If it relates to an academic competence matter, the 
academic vice president requests from the dean 
involved the names of two outside experts to serve as 
a consultant panel in determining the merit of the stu- 
dent's grievance. 

• If it relates to academic dishonesty, the academic vice 
president will convene a committee comprised of a 
dean and two faculty from outside the department in 
which the course was offered to review the material 
and the sanctions. 

In addition, in some instances it may be possible for the 
academic vice president to settle the grievance. 

Step three: For procedural appeals, the grievance com- 
mittee takes whatever steps are deemed appropriate to 
render a recommendation for resolving the grievance. 



The committee adheres to due process procedures 
analogous to those in the Faculty Handbook. 

For competence appeals, the academic vice president 
contacts the outside panel members and requests that 
they review the case in relation to its content validity. 

For academic honesty appeals, the academic vice pres- 
ident will request that the committee present a written 
report of their findings relating to the validity of the 
charge and the sanctions. 

Step four: The recommendation from either the griev- 
ance committee or the panel is forwarded to the aca- 
demic vice president in written form, accompanied, if 
necessary, by any supporting data that formed the basis 
of the recommendation. 

Step five: The academic vice president renders a final 
and binding judgment, notifying all involved parties. If 
the grievance involves a dispute over a course grade 
given by a faculty member, the academic vice president 
is the only University official empowered to change that 
grade, and then only at the recommendation of the 
committee or panel. 

Structure of the Grievance Committee 

The structure of the Grievance Committee is the same 
as the existing Academic Honesty Committee, as fol- 
lows: 

• Two faculty members are selected from a standing 
panel of eight faculty members elected by the gener- 
al faculty. The faculty member against whom the 
grievance has been directed proposes four names 
from that panel; the student strikes two of those 
names, and the two remaining faculty members serve. 

• Two students are selected from a standing panel of 
eight students elected by the student government. 
The student(s) (grievant(s) propose four names from 
that panel; the faculty strike two of those names; the 
two remaining students serve. 

• In the event that a faculty member or student selected 
through the foregoing process is unable to meet, 
another elected member of the panel serves as an 
alternate. 

• The committee is chaired by a dean (other than the 
dean of the school in which the course was offered) to 
be selected by the academic vice president. The dean 
so selected has no vote except in the event of a tie, 
and is responsible for overseeing the selection of the 
review committee, convening and conducting the 
committee meetings, and preparing the committee's 
report(s) and other appropriate documentation. 

• The election of committee members should take into 
account the possible need for response on 24-hour 
notice (particularly at the time of Commencement), 
and availability should, in such instances, be a prime 
consideration in committee member selection. 



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Due Process Procedure 

a. Both the student and the faculty member have the 
right to be present and to be accompanied by a per- 
sonal advisor or counsel throughout the hearing. 

b. Both the student and the faculty member have the 
right to present and to examine and cross-examine 
witnesses. 

c. The administration makes available to the student 
and the faculty member such authority as it may 
possess to require the presence of witnesses. 

d. The hearing committee promptly and forthrightly 
adjudicates the issues. 

e. The full text of the findings and conclusions of the 
hearing committee are made available in identical 
form and at the same time to the student and the 
faculty member. The cost is met by the University. 

f. In the absence of a defect in procedure, recommen- 
dations shall be made to the Academic Vice 
President by the committee as to possible action in 
the case. 

g. At any time should the basis for an informal hearing 
appear, the procedure may become informal in 
nature. 



Transcripts 



Graduate transcript requests should be made in writing 
to the University Registrar's Office. There is a $4 fee for 
each copy (faxed transcripts are $6). Students should 
include the program and dates that they attended in 
their requests. In accordance with the general practices 
of colleges and universities, official transcripts with the 
University seal are sent directly by the University. 
Requests should be made one week in advance of the 
date needed. Requests are not processed during 
examination and registration periods. 



Student Records 

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 
passed by Congress in 1974, legitimate access to stu- 
dent records has been defined. A student at Fairfield 
University, who has not waived that right, may see any 
records that directly pertain to the student. Excluded by 
statute from inspection is the parents' confidential state- 
ment given to the financial aid office and medical 
records supplied by a physician. 



A listing of records maintained, their location, and the 
means of reviewing them is available in the dean's 
office. Information contained in student files is available 
to others using the guidelines below: 

1 . Confirmation of directory information is available to 
recognized organizations and agencies. Such infor- 
mation includes name, date of birth, dates of atten- 
dance, address. 

2. Copies of transcripts will be provided to anyone 
upon written request of the student. Cost of provid- 
ing such information must be assumed by the stu- 
dent. 

3. All other information, excluding medical records, is 
available to staff members of the University on a 
need-to-know basis; prior to the release of addition- 
al information, a staff member must prove his or her 
need to know information to the office responsible 
for maintaining the records. 



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ADMISSION 



Admission Policy 

Individuals may apply to the graduate program to 
pursue a master's degree in nursing or a post-master's 
certificate. Applicants for a master's degree must hold 
a bachelor's degree and have earned a quality point 
average of 3.0 or higher in that program. The School of 
Nursing admits registered nurses with a baccalaureate 
degree in nursing. RN applicants who have a non- 
nursing bachelor's degree will be considered on an 
individual basis and may be required to complete select 
prerequisites to be eligible for admission to the MSN 
program; however, these applicants are not eligible for 
the nurse anesthesia program. Applicants for the post- 
master's certificate must hold a master's degree in nurs- 
ing from a school accredited by the National League for 
Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing 
Education. All applicants must have a professional nurs- 
ing license to practice in the state of Connecticut. 



Computer Literacy 



Basic computer literacy is expected of graduate 
students in the School of Nursing. The academic com- 
puting division of the University supports Microsoft prod- 
ucts (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), 
which are used throughout the curriculum. 

Basic computer literacy is defined as the ability to use: 

• word processing software to create, edit, save, print, 
send attachments, and manipulate document files; 

• presentation software to design, show, and print a 
presentation using text and graphics; 

• e-mail to send, receive, and print electronic mail 
messages; send, receive and open attachments; 

• Internet navigation to investigate research topics 
using search engines; and 

• spreadsheets to organize data in a worksheet, create 
formulas, use functions, copy and paste formulas and 
functions, and format cells. 

Having access to a computer system with the above 
capabilities is essential for successful completion of the 
program. There are several computer labs on campus. 
Labs are equipped with e-mail and word processing, 
spreadsheet, and presentation software. Printers are 
available to students in the computer labs. 

All students must have a campus StagWeb e-mail 
account. All University notices, mail, etc. will be sent 
through StagWeb, and it is recommended that students 
check their e-mail at least once a day for any 
mail/notices. 



Computer literacy skills are not taught as part of the 
graduate curriculum. Students not proficient in their 
use should inform a faculty member, who will help them 
locate resources from which they may obtain the 
requisite skills. 



International Students 

In addition to the above criteria, international students 
must provide a certificate of finances (evidence of 
adequate financial resources in U.S. dollars) and must 
submit certified English translations and course-by- 
course evaluations, done by an approved evaluator 
from the list on file in the dean's office, of all academic 
records. All international students whose native lan- 
guage is not English must demonstrate proficiency in 
the English language. A TOEFL composite score of 550 
for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test is 
strongly recommended for admission to the graduate 
school. TOEFL may be waived for those international 
students who have earned an undergraduate or gradu- 
ate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or 
university. International students should apply well in 
advance of the beginning of the term in which they 
intend to begin graduate studies. 



Students with Disabilities 

Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified 
students with disabilities with an equal opportunity to 
access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its servic- 
es, programs, and activities in an accessible setting. 
Furthermore, in compliance with Section 504 of the 
Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, 
and Connecticut laws, the University provides reason- 
able accommodations to qualified students to reduce 
the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or 
upon other major life activities. It is important to note 
that the University will not alter the essential elements 
of its courses or programs. 

If a student with a disability would like to be considered 
for accommodations, he or she must make this request 
in writing and send the supporting documentation to the 
assistant director of student support services. This 
should be done prior to the start of the academic 
semester and is strictly voluntary. However, if a student 
with a disability chooses not to self-identify and provide 
the necessary documentation, accommodations need 
not be provided. All information concerning disabilities 
is confidential and will only be shared with a student's 
permission. Fairfield University uses the guidelines 
suggested by CT AHEAD to determine disabilities and 
reasonable accommodations. 

Send letters requesting accommodations to: David 
Ryan-Soderlund, assistant director of student support 
services, Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, 
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195. 



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Admission Procedure 

Applications to the graduate program must be on tile by 
the following dates: April 1 for fall admission or Nov. 1 for 
spring admission (part-time only). 

Students seeking admission must complete the following 
procedure. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate 
Admission Committee. Submit: 

1 . a completed application form. 

2. a non-refundable application fee of $55. 

3. an admission essay. 

4. official transcripts from all universities/colleges 
attended, including documentation of an undergradu- 
ate statistics course. 

5. two letters of recommendation, one of which must be 
from a current supervisor or professor. 

6. official results of the Miller Analogies Test or 
Graduate Record Exam (not required for post-mas- 
ter's certificate students). 

7. a current RN license. 

8. proof of immunization or titre for measles and rubella 
in compliance with Connecticut regulations if born 
after Dec. 31, 1956. 



Admission Requirements for the 
Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Applicants will be evaluated for admission after meeting 
the following criteria: 

• A baccalaureate degree in nursing. 

• Two semesters of biology, two semesters of chem- 
istry, one semester of microbiology, and one semester 
of college math. Physics is strongly recommended. 

• Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 with a science 
GPAof3.0. 

• Registered Nurse license to practice in the United 
States at the time of application. A Connecticut RN 
license will be required upon admission. 

• A minimum of one year's experience as a RN in a crit- 
ical care setting (ER does not fulfill this criteria). 

• Evidence of good physical, mental, and emotional 
health. 

• Current BCLS, ACLS & PALS certification (must be 
maintained while in the program). 

• GRE - Analytical writing score of 4 or better. 
Composite scores will be reviewed in relation to the 
overall application. 

• All international students whose native language is 
not English must demonstrate proficiency in the 
English language. A TOEFL composite score of 550 
for the paper test or 213 for the computer-based test 
is strongly recommended for admission to the pro- 
gram. 



Admission Procedure for the 
Nurse Anesthesia Program 

Submit: 

1 . A completed application form. 

2. A non-refundable application fee of $55.00 - please 
make checks payable to Fairfield University & 
BHNAP. 

3. Copy of your current RN licensure. 

4. Official transcripts for all coursework from all univer- 
sities and/or nursing program(s). 

5. Three (3) professional performance evaluations 
including one from your current supervisor and two 
others from individuals who can assess your clinical 
expertise in an acute care setting. (Performance 
evaluation forms included in the application packet 
must be used.) 

6. A three- (3) page, double-spaced, typed paper stat- 
ing your career goals and future contributions to the 
profession of nurse anesthesia. 

7. A current resume. 



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Applicants who have been advised that they meet the 
minimum requirements for admission by the Bridgeport 
Hospital Nurse Anesthesia program administration will 
also be required to complete the graduate application 
form for Fairfield University prior to the interview process. 

For an application and additional information, contact the 
Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission at 
Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, 
CT, 06824-5195; telephone: (203) 254-4184. 



Miller Analogies Test 

The Miller Analogies Test is administered at various 
sites several times a year. The fee varies depending 
on the site. Call (800) 622-3231, or visit the website 
www.tpcweb.com/mat/ for information. 



Graduate Record Exam 

For information on the Graduate Record Exam, 
call (609) 683-2002, or visit the website 
www.gre.org/codelst.html. This test is given only at 
designated sites and only on specified dates. 



Special Student Status 
(not applicable to the 
Nurse Anesthesia Program) 

Special student status may be granted to individuals who 
have not completed the admission process but wish to 
begin taking courses, or who are not seeking a degree or 
certification. Individuals wishing to enroll as special-sta- 
tus students must submit a completed application form 
with the accompanying fee and a written request to the 
dean, specifying the semester for which this status is 
requested. Students must provide a transcript verifying 
that they have an earned a baccalaureate (or higher) 
degree. 

Special student status is granted for one semester only. 
Students seeking admission must complete the applica- 
tion process by the end of that semester. Any Incomplete 
grades must be resolved before admission applications 
can be processed. Individuals enrolled as special-status 
students may not enroll for more than six credits, may not 
register on a full-time basis, and are not eligible for any 
tuition aid or financial support. Credits earned while a 
special-status student will be applied toward the MSN 
degree, provided the courses are approved by the facul- 
ty advisor and the grade received in each course is a B 
or better. 



Non-Degree Students 



Students who hold master's degrees and who are inter- 
ested in taking courses for professional and/or person- 
al continuing education may be admitted as non-degree 
students. Individuals wishing to enroll as non-degree 
students must submit a written request to the dean, 
specifying the semester for which this status is request- 
ed. A completed application form with the fee must 
accompany this letter of request. Courses taken under 
this status may not be considered toward fulfillment of 
degree requirements. 



The StagCard 

All students are required to obtain a StagCard, the 
University's official identification card. With the StagCard, 
graduate students can gain access to the University's 
computer labs, the library, StagPrint, and much more. 
Graduate students can also purchase a membership to 
the Quick Recreational Complex, which requires a valid 
StagCard for entry. 

To obtain a StagCard you will need a valid, government- 
issued photo identification card. Proof of course registra- 
tion will quicken the processing of your card, but is not 
required. Please note: returning students can use their 
existing card. 

The StagCard Office is located in Gonzaga Hall, room 
10. Office hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 
and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday from 
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. NOTE: Office is scheduled to move in 
summer 2006. Call for location. Summer hours may vary 
from those listed in this catalog. For more information, 
you may check the website: www.fairfield.edu/stagcard, 
e-mail the office at stagcard@mail.fairfield.edu or call 
(203) 254-4009. 

StagWeb (http://stagweb.fairfield.edu) 

All graduate students are issued individual accounts for 
StagWeb, a secure website where you can check e-mail, 
register for parking, review your academic and financial 
records including course schedules and unofficial tran- 
scripts, and stay tuned to campus-wide announcements. 

Your new StagWeb account will be available within 24 
hours of registering for classes for the first time. To log in 
you will need your Fairfield ID number (an eight-digit 
number which can be found on your course schedule) 
and your date of birth (in MMDDYY format). For more 
information or for assistance with StagWeb, please 
contact the StagWeb helpdesk at (203) 254-HELP or by 
e-mail at helpdesk@mail.fairfield.edu. 



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School of 
Nursing 



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The School of Nursing Overview 



THE SCHOOL OF NURSING 
GRADUATE PROGRAM 



The School of Nursing graduate program has four 
tracks: Nurse Anesthetist, Psychiatric Nurse 
Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Healthcare 
Management. The course of study leads to a master of 
science in nursing degree and fulfills academic require- 
ments toward certification as a nurse anesthetist, an 
adult psychiatric, or family nurse practitioner, or in nurs- 
ing administration, advanced. The master's degree pro- 
gram requires 39 to 50 course credits for completion, 
depending on the track and concentration. The faculty 
encourages students to use and build upon past educa- 
tion and experiences. The School of Nursing has long 
been recognized for its commitment to individualizing 
instruction and educational experiences. 

The School of Nursing awards the Master of Science in 
Nursing (MSN) in each track, and, in the nurse practi- 
tioner tracks, also offers a Post-Master's Certificate 
option for those who already hold an MSN degree and 
are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner. 

The practitioner tracks prepare candidates to provide 
quality primary healthcare services to all members of 
the community, with an emphasis on meeting the 
unique healthcare needs of culturally diverse and 
underserved populations. Clinical experiences in a 
variety of hospitals and agencies in surrounding com- 
munities allow for synthesis of clinical judgment, 
assessment, diagnostic skills, and theory. Each of these 
concentrations fulfills the academic requirement for 
American Nurses Credentialing Center certification. 

Faculty members in the School of Nursing are excep- 
tionally qualified by academic and clinical preparation. 
The small student-faculty ratio is an inherent compo- 
nent of the program, particularly as it relates to clinical 
practice. Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor 
who works closely with students to monitor progression 
through the program. Academic counseling, individual- 
ized attention, and career planning are integral to the 
advisement process. 



The Nurse Anesthetist Track 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) anesthesia 
track focuses on preoperative evaluation, intraoperative 
management, and postoperative evaluation of patients 
in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered. Nurse 
anesthetists are primarily responsible for direct patient 
care and are prepared as expert clinicians. The Fairfield 
University & Bridgeport Hospital Nurse Anesthesia 
Program is a full time, integrated, 29-month program 
offering a Master of Science in Nursing from Fairfield 
University and a Certificate in Nurse Anesthesia from 
Bridgeport Hospital. The combined MSN and strong 



clinical track allows students the benefit of interacting 
with other advanced practice nursing students in an 
atmosphere which exemplifies the ideals of the Jesuit 
mission of Fairfield University. The program starts in 
January each year and operates continuously, inde- 
pendent of the University calendar. 

After a spring and summer of academics, students 
begin their clinical practica and continue to take 
required academic courses until the May graduation 
date. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the 
certification examination administered by the Council on 
Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Successful comple- 
tion of this exam allows the new graduate to practice as 
a nurse anesthetist. 

The program is self-contained and provides all clinical 
opportunities at one clinical site to meet the standards 
set by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia 
Educational Programs. Students gain hands on experi- 
ence with a variety of regional (neuraxial & peripheral 
blocks) and general techniques under the supervision of 
CRNA and MD faculty. In addition to the routine surgical 
cases, nurse anesthesia students gain experience in 
trauma, major burn, and high-risk obstetrical cases. 



The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Track 

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program prepares 
advanced practice nurses to provide care in a wide vari- 
ety of settings -- institutional, community-based, and 
private practice. Students learn to care for individuals 
suffering from a variety of mental disorders including 
mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and thought disor- 
ders. Clients range in age from the adolescent to the 
older adult, and are from diverse ethnic and socio-eco- 
nomic groups. Students learn to assess, diagnose, 
treat, and evaluate outcomes. Medication management 
is an important part of the curriculum. Students' clinical 
practice sites span the state and provide experiences in 
hospitals, clinics, private practices, correctional facili- 
ties, and schools. 



The Family Nurse Practitioner Track 

The Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares 
advanced practice nurses to provide holistic care to 
individuals of all ages from newborn babies to older 
adults, including women's health. Students work in all 
care settings with a focus on delivering health promo- 
tion and disease prevention to people with acute and 
chronic disease. Graduates of this program are eligible 
to diagnose and manage the care of patients across the 
life span and in all settings but critical care. Students 
have clinical practica in nearby city and rural clinics, pri- 
vate practices, hospitals, and settings that employ 
advanced practice nurses or MDs. The MSN Family 
Nurse Practitioner track requires 45 credits of course- 
work, including 13 credits of practicum experience. 



Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practica; 
Health and Professional 
Requirements; Certification 

Practicum Application 

All nurse practitioner students who plan to enroll in prac- 
tica courses must complete the application form one 
semester prior to the semester in which they wish 
to enroll. Application packets are available in the 
School of Nursing office. Deadlines are May 1 for a fol- 
lowing spring enrollment, Oct. 1 for a summer enroll- 
ment, and Feb. 1 for a fall enrollment. No contracts will 
be initiated with affiliating agencies until a complete 
practicum application is on file. Students registering late 
are not assured placement; thus, progression in the 
program may be hindered. Due to contractual and 
insurance limitations, (1) all clinical hours must be 
completed within the official course timeframe, and (2) 
an Incomplete will not be granted for practicum courses. 



Health and Professional Requirements 

for Nurse Practitioner Tracks: 

All students in the MSN and post-master's certificate 
programs must provide proof of current Connecticut RN 
licensure and, if born after 12/31/56, documentation of 
measles and rubella upon application to the program. In 
addition, students must provide documentation of the 
following health and professional requirements with 
their practicum packet: 

• Current Connecticut RN license. 

• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Healthcare Provider 
(American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer 
(American Red Cross) is the minimum requirement. 
Please note that the American Heart Association cer- 
tifies for two years. Students must remain certified 
throughout the program. 

• Malpractice insurance. 

• OSHA certification. Fairfield University School of 
Nursing OSHA training requirements must be met 
each year prior to clinical practica. 

• Annual physical examination and non-reactive 
Mantoux test. 

• Immunizations. Proof of immunization/titre must be 
provided for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, 
varicella, and diphtheria-tetanus. 

Arrangements for clinical practica will not be made until 
all health and professional requirements are met and 
documentation is on file. 



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Nurse Practitioner Certification 

The MSN degree fulfills the academic requirements 
toward certification by the American Nurses 
Credentialing Center. The ANCC offers examinations 
for certification in the following areas: family nurse prac- 
titioner, adult psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nursing 
administration, advanced. Those completing a practi- 
tioner track are eligible to apply to ANCC to take the 
exam immediately after graduation. Healthcare man- 
agement students completing the program meet aca- 
demic requirements for certification and must contact 
ANCC regarding work experience requirements prior to 
applying for certification. 

Practitioner certification provides the necessary creden- 
tials to apply for and receive an Advanced Practice 
Registered Nurse license in the state of Connecticut. An 
APRN is required in Connecticut for nurses to have 
prescriptive privileges and receive third-party reim- 
bursement. Students receive 546-588 hours of clinical 
experience during the practica courses. Healthcare 
management students receive 252 hours of practica 
experience. 

Students who already have a master's degree in nurs- 
ing and complete the post-master's certificate program 
option are also eligible to take the ANCC examination in 
their respective specialty. 

Complete details and an ANCC application form 
may be requested online at: 

www.nursingworld.org/ancc/index.htm, by e-mail at 
ANCC@ana.org, or by calling (800) 284-2378. 



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Nurse Anesthetist Certification 

Upon graduation from the Nurse Anesthesia Program, 
students are eligible to sit for the national certification 
exam through the American Association of Nurse 
Anesthetists Council on Certification for Nurse 
Anesthetists to become Certified Registered Nurse 
Anesthetists (CRNAs). The successful completion of 
this exam allows the new graduate to practice nurse 
anesthesia. 



The Healthcare Management Track 

The MSN healthcare management track is intended to 
provide an opportunity for non-practitioner graduate 
education for nursing professionals. This program of 
study is conducted in collaboration with the Charles F. 
Dolan School of Business. This track prepares the pro- 
fessional nurse to manage organized healthcare servic- 
es and develop and implement strategies to improve 
compliance and quality outcomes in healthcare. 
Competency in basic office software (e.g., Microsoft 
Office) is required. 

This program meets the academic requirement for 
ANCC certification in nursing administration, advanced. 
However, students completing the program must con- 
tact ANCC regarding work experience requirements 
prior to applying for certification. Graduates have a 
broad depth of knowledge in a wide range of manage- 
ment, leadership, and quality issues affecting healthcare 
systems. Students gain experience through practica 
working in administration and management of health- 
care organizations, performance improvement, and 
other positions requiring a nursing management educa- 
tion and experience. Potential employers include hospi- 
tals, nursing homes, and managed care organizations. 



Graduate Program Options 

Part-time and full-time programs are available; however 
the Nurse Anesthesia program is strictly a full-time pro- 
gram. Curriculum plans for program options are includ- 
ed in the following pages of this catalog. Program 
options are as follows: 



RNs with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing 

Nurse Anesthesia Program: 

This is a full-time program of study. Prerequisites 
include: two semesters of biology; two semesters of 
chemistry; one semester of microbiology; one semester 
of college math. Physics is strongly recommended. 
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 
system) with a science GPA of 3.0. Must be a 
Registered Nurse licensed to practice in the United 
States at the time of application. A Connecticut RN 
license will be required upon admission. A minimum of 
one year's experience as a RN in a critical care setting 
is required - E.R. does not fulfill this criteria. Current 



BCLS, ACLS & PALS certification (must be maintained 
while in the program); GRE - Analytical Writing score of 
4 or better - composite scores will be reviewed in rela- 
tion to overall application. All international students 
whose native language is not English must demonstrate 
proficiency in the English language. TOEFL is required. 



Nurse Practitioner and Healthcare 

Management Programs: 

An undergraduate level "statistics" course and basic 
computer literacy are prerequisites for graduate nursing 
courses. Full- and part-time programs of study are 
offered. The nurse practitioner and healthcare manage- 
ment programs have been specifically developed to 
accommodate the needs of adult students with full-time 
work schedules. 



RNs with a Non-Nursing Bachelor's 

Degree 

Registered nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's 
degree may be admitted directly to the School of 
Nursing graduate program except for the Nurse 
Anesthesia program. Students in this program earn an 
MSN, but do not earn a bachelor of science in nursing 
degree. Prerequisites for graduate level nursing cours- 
es include statistics, community health, and basic com- 
puter literacy for all students. Fulfillment of these course 
requirements may be available through portfolio 
assessment or challenge exam. 



Post-Master's Certificate Program 

This option is a 33- to 37-credit program of study for 
those individuals who already have a master's degree in 
nursing. Credit requirements depend upon previous 
graduate level courses taken and selected program 
concentration. Post-master's certificates are available in 
the family and psychiatric nurse practitioner tracks. 



Nursing Study Abroad 

The School of Nursing offers a short-term, summer 
study abroad opportunity in Padova, Italy. For more 
information, contact the Study Abroad office at 
(203) 254-4000, ext. 4332, or the School of Nursing 
website at www.fairfield.edu 



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THE SCHOOL OF NURSING 
PHILOSOPHY 



The philosophy of the School of Nursing flows from 
the mission statement of Fairfield University, and gives 
definition to the Jesuit ideals of social responsibility, truth, 
and justice. 

The faculty believes that people are biological, psycholog- 
ical, social, and spiritual beings who are unique members 
of families and of larger social systems. Interaction and 
communication within these systems influence health, 
harmony, and well-being. Situational and developmental 
change represents transitional points in the life cycle 
that may result in disharmony and/or an opportunity for 
growth. 

Health is a dynamic process of physical, mental, spiritual, 
and environmental harmony that enables people to affirm 
and pursue their own life goals. Optimum health begins 
with nurturing and promoting one's own emotional and 
spiritual growth, which then extends to respect and caring 
for others. Alterations from health are a trajectory from 
wellness to illness with many variables affecting the 
quality of life along that continuum. When recovery from 
illness is not possible, death is viewed as the final state of 
life offering an opportunity for further growth. 

Students are viewed as holistic individuals with multifac- 
eted roles, who are accountable for their learning. Each 
student brings unique qualities that contribute to the 
strength and diversity of the program. Along with planned 
educational experiences, faculty offer support, guidance 
and mentoring throughout the learning process. Students 
are encouraged to develop their individual strengths and 
identify areas of interest as they progress throughout 
the curriculum. Students emerge as qualified entry-level 
practitioners, at the baccalaureate or master's level, who 
integrate theory and research into their practices and use 
a critical approach to problem solving. 

Because society is rich with diverse religious, ethnic, and 
cultural groups, professional nurses must be prepared 
to work with those whose beliefs and values may be dif- 
ferent from their own. In order to be sensitive to others, it 
is first necessary to know and accept one's own values 
and beliefs. Students and faculty demonstrate mutual 
respect for the rights of others and appreciation of these 
differences. 



School of Nursing Mission and Purpose 

In keeping with the mission of Fairfield University to devel- 
op men and women for others, the School of Nursing 
builds on a tradition of innovation and a commitment to 
provide the very best nursing education, scholarship and 
professional service locally, nationally, and internationally. 

The School of Nursing is committed to leadership in nurs- 
ing. The discovery, transmission, and use of knowledge 
are at the core of our work. Knowledge of health and ill- 
ness in individuals, families, groups and communities, 
both locally and internationally, provides the context for 
our charge. The ultimate test of our vision will be the 
results of contributions of faculty and graduates over time. 



Organizing Framework 
For The Undergraduate And 
Graduate Programs 

Ethics and Social Responsibility 

Commitment to social responsibility, truth, and justice is 
inherent in the Jesuit ideal and underscores the need to 
provide care to vulnerable populations. 

Nurses have a moral and ethical obligation to provide 
and advocate for optimal health care for all members of 
society regardless of differences in culture, race, gender, 
socioeconomic status, religion, and age. Provision of 
care to vulnerable populations is a particular concern to 
nursing. 

Nurses consider the interplay of health and social issues 
as they care for clients in various stages of health and ill- 
ness. Students confront the range of ethical dilemmas 
and value conflicts inherent in care delivery, and develop 
an understanding and acceptance of self and others. 



Holism 

Human beings are unique individuals who grow in com- 
plexity throughout life. ..physically, mentally, emotionally, 
socially, and spiritually. The interaction among human 
beings and between people and the many environments 
and cultures in which they live is considered in planning 
and providing care. 

The physical environment includes climate, geography, 
air and water quality, and food purity, as they affect health 
and well-being. The social environment, defined by roles, 
relationships and a network of care, influences health and 
provides support. The cultural environment, which 
includes family norms, religious beliefs, health beliefs, 
health practices, and the development of values and 
mores, influences definitions of health and illness and 
determines the manner in which health problems are 
managed. These environments and their interactions with 
human beings are integral to a holistic perspective. 



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The School of Nursing Graduate Program 



Nursing Practice 

Nurses diagnose human responses to actual and poten- 
tial health problems, identify individual strengths and 
nursing care needs, and plan and deliver culturally com- 
petent care that promotes, maintains or restores health. 
The role of the nurse is conceptualized as helping clients 
across the life span to maximize their optimum potential. 

As students engage in clinical practice, they consider the 
complex interactions among individuals, families, and 
communities and analyze how those interactions influ- 
ence health and the larger society in providing care. 

Nursing practice integrates scientific problem solving with 
holistic caring. Based on research and theoretical knowl- 
edge, the nursing process is used as a problem-solving 
approach to analyze information and prioritize patient 
care needs for individuals and groups. 



Professionalism 

Characteristics of professional nursing practice include 
critical thinking, decision-making, and accountability. 
Behaviors integral to professional nursing's role are advo- 
cacy, political activism, effective communication, collegial- 
ity, commitment to life-long learning, scholarship, and the 
upholding of standards as defined by the profession. 

Nurses function as integral members of multidisciplinary 
teams, engage in interdependent roles, and collaborate 
with other health care providers, clients, and family 
members. 

Students facilitate collaborative processes, make refer- 
rals, teach others, confer with individuals and groups, 
and strategize to shape health policy at various levels. 
The purpose of this collaborative, interdisciplinary activity 
is to improve care through education, consultation, 
and management. 

Professional nursing practice combines holistic care with 
evidence-based practice. Nursing research is viewed as 
the investigation of issues of concern in nursing practice 
with the aim of answering complex questions and devel- 
oping knowledge to improve care and potentiate health. 

Leadership and management skills are essential to shape 
the future of health care, and help others attain goals 
and facilitate change. Participation in professional 
organizations and groups, role modeling, client advocacy, 
political activism, and fostering a learning environment by 
mentoring others is expected. 



Graduate Program Objectives 

1. Provide advanced nursing assessment, 
diagnosis, and management to achieve 
individual and system identified outcomes 
with respect for cultural diversity and the 
unique characteristics of the individual, 
family, and community. 

2. Develop cost-effective holistic patient 
care including information systems for 
healthcare delivery. 

3. Use an ethical framework to guide the 
integration of nursing science and theory 
to inform clinical judgments, resolve dilem- 
mas in healthcare, and serve as a patient 
care advocate. 

4. Negotiate a role within the healthcare 
delivery system that provides for 
collaboration, interdependence, and a pro- 
fessional identity as an advanced nursing 
professional with specialized knowledge. 

5. Communicate effectively in the provision 
of comprehensive care and leadership in a 
variety of settings. 

6. Provide advanced nursing care and man- 
agement of healthcare delivery systems 
using research, evidence based protocols, 
care models, and scholarly debate. 

7. Consistently demonstrate critical thinking 
in advanced clinical practice and the 
management of healthcare systems, using 
the tenets of social responsibility, truth, 
and justice. 

8. Demonstrate continuous self-growth as 
evidenced by active participation in 
professional activities. 

9. Assume a leadership role within the 
healthcare system to influence the quality 
of healthcare delivery through local, 
regional, and national policies. 



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GRADUATE COURSES REQUIRED FOR MSN 



Nurse Anesthesia 

Graduate Core Courses (11 credits) 

NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/ 

Illness Prevention 
NS 505 Advanced Health Policy 
NS 508 Advanced Research and the 

Development of Nursing 

Science 
NS 578 Research Practicum in 

Nurse Anesthesia 

Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 credi 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice 
NS 540 Advanced Physiology and 

Pathophysiology 
NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced 

Practice 



Specialty Courses (30 credits) 


NS570 


Human Anatomy & Physiology 




for Nurse Anesthetists 


NS571 


Pharmacologic Strategies in 




Anesthesia Practice 


NS572 


Basic Principles of Nurse 




Anesthesia Practice 


NS573 


Chemistry & Physics for 




Nurse Anesthetists 


NS574 


Advanced Principles of 




Nurse Anesthesia Practice 


NS575 


Clinical Orientation/Specialty 




Rotation 


NS576 


Clinical Practicum I 


NS577 


Clinical Practicum II 


NS579 


Clinical Correlation 




Conference I 


NS580 


Clinical Practicum III 


NS581 


Clinical Correlation 




Conference II 


NS582 


Clinical Practicum IV 


NS583 


Clinical Correlation 




Conference III 


NS584 


Professional Aspects of 




Nurse Anesthesia Practice 


NS585 


Clinical Practicum V 





Practitioner 






Graduate Core Courses (12 credits) 






NS501 


Holistic Health Promotion/Illness 




(3 credits) 




Prevention 


(3 credits) 


(3 credits) 


NS505 


Advanced Health Policy 


(3 credits) 




NS507 


Role Acquisition in Advanced 








Practice Nursing 


(2 credits) 


(3 credits) 


NS508 


Advanced Research and the 
Development of Nursing 




(2 credits) 




Science 


(3 credits) 




NS509 


Role Transition in Advanced 




ts) 




Practice Nursing 


(1 credit) 


(3 credits) 


Advanced Practice Core Courses (9 cred 


ts) 




NS504 


Health Assessment for 




(3 credits) 




Advanced Practice 


(3 credits) 




NS540 


Advanced Physiology and 




(3 credits) 




Pathophysiology 


(3 credits) 




NS541 


Pharmacology for Advanced 








Practice 


(3 credits) 


(3 credits) 


Program 


Concentration Courses 






Family Nurse Practitioner (24 credits) 




(3 credits) 


NS538 


Adult Health II 


(3 credits) 




NS542 


Adult Health I 


(3 credits) 


(3 credits) 


NS543 


Practicum in Adult Health I 


(3 credits) 




NS544 


Care of Child-Bearing Women 




(2 credits) 




& Children 


(3 credits) 




NS545 


Practicum in Care of Child-Bearing 


(3 credits) 




Women & Children 


(5 credits) 




NS547 


Care of At-Risk Populations 


(2 credits) 


(1 credit) 


NS548 


Practicum in Care of At-Risk 




(1 credit) 




Populations 


(5 credits) 


(1 credit) 










Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (28 credits) 


(2 credits) 


NS550 


Psychopathology 


(3 credits) 


(2 credits) 


NS552 


Mental Health Nursing of 








Individuals 


(3 credits) 


(1 credit) 


NS559 


Psychiatric Assessment 




(2 credits) 




& Diagnosis 


(3 credits) 




NS560 


Practicum I: Mental Health 




(1 credit) 




Assessment, Diagnosis & 








Treatment of Individuals 


(4 credits) 


(3 credits) 


NS561 


Mental Health Nursing of 




(2 credits) 




Groups & Families 


(3 credits) 




NS562 


Practicum II: Mental Health 
Nursing of Groups & Families 








and Management of Individuals 


(5 credits) 




NS563 


Primary Mental Health Nursing 








of At-Risk Populations 


(2 credits) 




NS564 


Practicum III: Primary Mental 
Health Nursing of At-Risk 








Populations 


(5 credits) 



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GRADUATE COURSES 
REQUIRED FOR MSN (con.) 



CURRICULUM — 

NURSE ANESTHESIA TRACK 



Healthcare Management 
(39 credits) 



Graduate Core Courses (12 credits) 




NS501 


Holistic Health Promotion/Illness 






Prevention 


(3 credits) 


NS505 


Advanced Health Policy 


(3 credits) 


NS507 


Role Acquisition in Advanced 






Practice Nursing 


(2 credits) 


NS508 


Advanced Research and the 
Development of Nursing 






Science 


(3 credits) 


NS509 


Role Transition in Advanced 






Practice Nursing 


(1 credit) 


Program Concentration Courses (27 credits) 


MG 400* 


Organizational Behavior 


(3 credits) 


MG 500* 


Managing People for Competitive 




Advantage 


(3 credits) 


NS536 


Managed Care & Case 






Management 


(3 credits) 


IS 500* 


Information Systems 


(3 credits) 


MG 503* 


Legal and Ethical Environment 






in Business 


(3 credits) 


MG 507* 


Negotiations and Dispute 






Resolution 


(3 credits) 


MK 400* 


Marketing Management 


(3 credits) 


NS535 


Practicum in Healthcare 






Systems I 


(3 credits) 


NS537 


Practicum in Healthcare 






Systems II 


(3 credits) 



* Charles F. Dolan School of Business courses 



First Year 

Spring Semester (12 credits) 

NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/Illness 

Prevention (3 credits) 

NS 570 Human Anatomy & Physiology for 

Nurse Anesthetists 
NS 571 Pharmacologic Strategies in 

Anesthesia Practice 
NS 572 Basic Principles of Nurse 

Anesthesia Practice 



(3 credits) 
(3 credits) 
(3 credits) 



Summer Term (6 credits) 

NS 573 Chemistry & Physics for Nurse 

Anesthetists 
NS 574 Advanced Principles of Nurse 

Anesthesia Practice 
NS 575 Clinical Orientation/Specialty 

Rotations 

Spring Semester (7 credits) 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice 
NS 540 Advanced Physiology & 

Pathophysiology 
NS 576 Clinical Practicum I 



(2 credits) 

(3 credits) 

(1 credit) 



(3 credits) 

(3 credits) 
(1 credit) 



Second Year 

Spring Semester (7 credits) 

NS 508 Advanced Research & Development 

of Nursing Science (3 credits) 

NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced 

Practice [Prerequisite: NS 540] (3 credits) 

NS 577 Clinical Practicum II (1 credit) 

Summer Term (6 credits) 

NS 578 Research Practicum in 

Nurse Anesthesia (2 credits) 

NS 579 Clinical Correlation Conference I (2 credits) 
NS 580 Clinical Practicum III (2 credits) 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice (3 credits) 

NS 540 Advanced Physiology & 



NS576 


Pathophysiology 
Clinical Practicum I 


(3 credits) 
(1 credit) 


Third Year 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 583 Clinical Correlation Conference III (1 credit) 
NS 584 Professional Aspects of Nurse 

Anesthesia Practice (3 credits) 
NS 585 Clinical Practicum V (2 credits) 


Total Credits: 50 





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CURRICULUM — FAMILY 
NURSE PRACTITIONER TRACK 



CURRICULUM — PSYCHIATRIC 
NURSE PRACTITIONER TRACK 



First Year 

Fall Semester (5 credits) 

NS 507 Role Acquisition in Advanced 

Practice Nursing (2 credits) 

NS 540 Advanced Physiology and 

Pathophysiology (3 credits) 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/Illness 

Prevention (3 credits) 

NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced 

Practice (3 credits) 



Second Year 

Fall Semester (6 credits) 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice (3 credits) 

NS 505 Advanced Health Policy (3 credits) 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 508 Advanced Research & 

the Development of 

Nursing Science (3 credits) 

NS542 Adult Health I (3 credits) 

Summer Semester (6 credits) 

NS538 Adult Health II (3 credits) 

NS 543 Practicum in Adult Health I (3 credits) 



Third Year 

Fall Semester (8 credits) 

NS544 Care of Child-Bearing 

Women & Children (3 credits) 

NS 545 Practicum in Care of 

Child-Bearing Women & Children (5 credits) 

Spring Semester (8 credits) 

NS 509 Role Transition in Advanced 

Practice Nursing (1 credit) 

NS 547 Care of At-Risk Populations (2 credits) 
NS 548 Practicum in Care of 

At-Risk Populations (5 credits) 



Total Credits: 45 



First Year 




Fall Semester (8 credits) 




NS 505 Advanced Health Policy 


(3 credits) 


NS 507 Role Acquisition in Advanced 




Practice Nursing 


(2 credits) 


NS 540 Advanced Physiology and 




Pathophysiology 


(3 credits) 


Spring Semester (6 credits) 




NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/ 




Illness Prevention 


(3 credits) 


NS 508 Advanced Research & 




the Development of 




Nursing Science 


(3 credits) 



Second Year 

Fall Semester (6 credits) 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice (3 credits) 

NS 550 Psychopathology (3 credits) 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced 

Practice (3 credits) 

NS 559 Psychiatric Assessment and 

Diagnosis (3 credits) 

Summer Term (7 credits) 

NS 552 Mental Health Nursing 

of Individuals (3 credits) 

NS 560 Practicum I: Mental Health 

Assessment, Diagnosis & 

Treatment of Individuals (4 credits) 

Third Year 

Fall Semester (8 credits) 

NS 561 Mental Health Nursing of 

Groups & Families (3 credits) 

NS 562 Practicum II: Mental Health 

Nursing of Groups & Families 

and Managementof Individuals (5 credits) 

Spring Semester (8 credits) 

NS 509 Role Transition in Advanced 

Practice Nursing (1 credit) 

NS 563 Primary Mental Health Nursing 

of At-Risk Populations (2 credits) 

NS 564 Practicum III: Primary Mental 

Health Nursing of At-Risk 

Populations (5 credits) 



Total Credits: 49 



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The School of Nursing Graduate Program 



CURRICULUM — HEALTH-CARE MANAGEMENT TRACK 



'Competency in basic office software (eg, Microsoft Office) is 
required 



First Year 

Fall Semester (5 credits) 

NS 505 Advanced Health Policy 
NS 507 Role Acquisition in Advanced 
Practice Nursing 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/ 

Illness Prevention 
NS 508 Advanced Research & 

the Development of 

Nursing Science 



Second Year 

Fall Semester (6 credits) 

MG 400 Organizational Behavior 
MG 503 Legal & Ethical Environment 
of Business 

January Intersession (3 credits) 

IS 500 Information Systems 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 536 Managed Care & Case 

Management 
MG 500 Managing People for 

Competitive Advantage 



Third Year 

Fall Semester (6 credits) 

MK 400 Marketing Management 
NS 535 Practicum in Healthcare 
Systems I 

Spring Semester (7 credits) 

MG 507 Negotiations and Dispute 

Resolution 
NS 509 Role Transition in Advanced 

Practice Nursing 
NS 537 Practicum in Healthcare 

Systems II 



3 credits 

2 credits 

3 credits 
3 credits 



3 credits 
3 credits 

3 credits 

3 credits 
3 credits 



3 credits 
3 credits 

3 credits 
(1 credit 
3 credits 




Total Credits: 39 



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CURRICULUM FOR POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE 



Requirements for the 

Post-Master's Family Nurse 
Practitioner Track 

First Year 

Fall Semester (6 credits) 

NS 504 Health Assessment for 

Advanced Practice 
NS 540 Advanced Physiology and 

Pathophysiology 

Spring Semester (6 credits) 

NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced 

Practice 
NS542 Adult Health I 

Summer Semester (6 credits) 

NS 538 Adult Health II 

NS 543 Practicum in Adult Health I 



Second Year 

Fall Semester (8 credits) 

NS 544 Care of Child-Bearing Women 

and Children (3 credits) 

NS 545 Practicum in Care of 

Child-Bearing Women & Children (5 credits) 





Requirements for the 






Post-Master's Psychiatric Nurse 




Practitioner Track 






First Year 






Fall Semester (9 credits) 






NS 504 Health Assessment for 




(3 credits) 


Advanced Practice 
NS 540 Advanced Physiology and 


(3 credits) 


(3 credits) 


Pathophysiology 


(3 credits) 




NS 550 Psychopathology 


(3 credits) 




Spring Semester (6 credits) 




(3 credits) 


NS 541 Pharmacology for 




(3 credits) 


Advanced Practice 
NS 559 Psychiatric Assessment 


(3 credits) 




and Diagnosis 


(3 credits) 


(3 credits) 






(3 credits) 


Summer Semester (7 credits) 

NS 552 Mental Health Nursing of 






Individuals 


(3 credits) 




NS 560 Practicum I: Mental Health 






Assessment, Diagnosis & 






Treatment of Individuals 


(4 credits) 



Spring Semester (7 credits) 

NS 547 Care of At-Risk Populations 
NS 548 Practicum in Care of 
At-Risk Populations 



Total Credits: 33 



(2 credits) 
(5 credits) 



Second Year 

Fall Semester (8 credits) 

NS 561 Mental Health Nursing of 

Groups & Families (3 credits) 

NS 562 Practicum II: Mental Health 

Nursing of Groups & Families 

and Management of Individuals (5 credits) 

Spring Semester (7 credits) 

NS 563 Primary Mental Health Nursing 

of At-Risk Populations (2 credits) 

NS 564 Practicum III: Primary Mental 
Health Nursing of 
At-Risk Populations (5 credits) 



Total Credits: 37 



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Course Descriptions 



COURSE 
DESCRIPTIONS 



Graduate Course Descriptions 



NS 501 Holistic Health Promotion/Illness 
Prevention 

This course presents health promotion and disease pre- 
vention for the advanced practice nurse within a holistic 
health framework. Students use epidemiological, social, 
cultural, and environmental data to draw inferences 
regarding the health status of populations. The course 
examines models of health promotion and integrated 
models of healing, and discusses, within the context of 
the healing relationship, elements of holistic care and 
the interaction of mind/body on health. The course 
identifies specific risk factors for health promotion 
and disease prevention; explores self-management 
strategies; and addresses ethical issues that influence 
health promotion/disease prevention. (42 theory hours) 
Three credits. 

NS 504 Health Assessment for Advanced 
Practice 

This core course focuses on the holistic and compre- 
hensive health assessment of individuals and families 
from diverse populations. Its purpose is to provide a 
foundation for primary prevention and health promotion 
through appropriate screening and risk assessment. 
The course also includes history-taking, advanced 
physical examination, and the introduction of laborato- 
ry assessment data. The course provides students with 
the opportunity to develop the comprehensive assess- 
ment skills required for advanced primary care nursing 
practice. Students complete comprehensive health his- 
tories and develop advanced physical examination 
skills. Lab fee: TBD; approx. $120. (Prerequisite: 
demonstrated competency in basic health assessment 
prior to registration.) (28 theory hours and 28 lab hours) 
Three credits. 

NS 505 Advanced Health Policy 

This course focuses on contemporary health policy, its 
development and implementation, and ways in which 
nurses can influence it. Students evaluate the impact of 
health policy on nurses, patients, communities, health- 
care delivery systems, and the nursing profession as a 
whole, and examine resource allocation and socioeco- 
nomic, political, legal, and ethical factors that influence 
health policy. (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 507 Role Acquisition in Advanced Practice 
Nursing 

This course presents the history behind graduate 
nursing education and the role it plays in improving the 
care of individuals and healthcare systems. It explores 
the change in roles from baccalaureate- to master's- 
prepared nurses and examines professional behaviors. 
The focus of this course surrounds the advanced 




practice nursing roles of expert clinician, teacher, 
consultant, and researcher. The course gives special 
attention to advanced communication and conflict man- 
agement skills necessary in advanced practice nursing. 
(28 theory hours) Two credits. 

NS 508 Advanced Research and the 

Development of Nursing Science 

This course provides an introduction to the nature of 
science, the state of the art of nursing and healthcare, 
and the methods of nursing and healthcare research. 
The course provides a foundation for the examination of 
theory-research-practice connections. This foundation 
allows for informed application of research findings, 
including critique of research studies, evaluation of 
instruments, analysis of data, and recognition of meth- 
ods for disseminating findings. The course includes 
recognition of research priorities, epidemiological 
trends, use of national data sets, and collaborative 
approaches to research, and provides a basis for 
the critical appraisal of nursing and health research. 
(42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 509 Role Transition in Advanced Practice 
Nursing 

The focus of this course surrounds the transition of 
nurses into the advanced practice nursing roles of 
expert clinician, teacher, consultant, researcher, advo- 
cate, collaborator, and manager of systems. The course 
examines the behaviors and skills required for these 
professional roles, with reflection on clinical experi- 
ences acquired throughout the advanced practice 
nursing program. It focuses on problem solving, 
advanced communication skills, and cultural and ethical 
issues that influence the advanced practice nursing 
role. (14 theory hours) One credit. 

NS 535 Practicum in Healthcare Systems I 

Practicum experiences provide students with the oppor- 
tunity to apply management and nursing theory in learn- 
ing-specific settings. Students meet with faculty to 
share experiences encountered in the work setting as 
they relate to the role of the nurse administrator and to 
review progress toward meeting objectives. The 
practicum experience is designed to help students inte- 
grate classroom theory in learning-specific settings 
including acute care, home health care, long-term care, 
managed care, organizations, political environments, 
public health, education and other environments. 



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Faculty members work with preceptors in a collabora- 
tive arrangement to move the student toward increasing 
independence and accountability in practice. The stu- 
dent and the faculty will develop specific practicum 
sub-objectives to meet the needs of the student. 
(Prerequisites: NS 501, NS 505, NS 507, NS 508, 
NS 536, MG 400, MG 500, MG 503, IS 500) Pre-/Co- 
requisite: MK 400. (126 clinical hours) Three credits. 

NS 536 Managed Care & Case Management 

Students explore theories of risk management, risk 
identification, and prevention in a variety of healthcare 
systems including managed care organizations, hospi- 
tal systems, office practices, urgent care centers, and 
behavioral health systems. The theoretical, contextual, 
and practical elements of managed care and case man- 
agement across the continuum of care are explored. 
Students study performance improvement processes 
including program design, monitoring performance 
through data collection, analyzing current performance, 
and maintaining improvement and review requirements 
of accrediting agencies along with principles of 
practitioner credentialing, incident reporting, and docu- 
mentation. Students work on a risk management or per- 
formance improvement project. (42 theory hours) Three 
credits. 

NS 537 Practicum in Healthcare Systems II 

This practicum builds upon experiences gained in 
NS 535 to expand student opportunities to apply nurs- 
ing and healthcare management principles in a variety 
of settings. Students and faculty develop specific 
practicum sub-objectives that lead to increasing inde- 
pendence and accountability in practice. Students com- 
plete a capstone project that reflects critical thinking, 
decision-making skills, and the ability to incorporate 
the nursing process. The capstone is an analysis, syn- 
thesis, and utilization of knowledge from previous cours- 
es and experiences. (Prerequisite: NS 535; 
Pre-/Co-requisites: NS 509, MG 507) (126 clinical 
hours) Three credits. 

NS538 Adult Health II 

This course continues its focus on the healthcare of the 
adolescent, adult, and older adult, particularly regarding 
the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, management, 
and evaluation of risk factors and problems across envi- 
ronments of care. Management of both the physical and 
behavioral mental health issues common to adult acute 
and chronic health problems is included. The identifica- 
tion of clinical management of abnormal findings gener- 
ated from age-appropriate screenings and cultural 
assessments are addressed. Case studies depicting 
problems encountered from adolescence through older 
adulthood are discussed. Emphasis is placed on critical 
thinking and clinical judgment as they relate to the 
development of appropriate differential diagnoses and 
approaches to the management of problems. Nationally 
accepted evidence-based practice guidelines are 
followed. (Prerequisite: NS 542; Pre-/Co-requisite: 
NS 543) (42 theory hours) Three credits. 



NS 540 Advanced Physiology & 
Pathophysiology 

The course focuses on the physiological processes cen- 
tral to biophysical and psychopathologic alterations of 
function, including analysis of physiologic responses to 
illness and selected treatment modalities. The course 
discusses common laboratory data for managing pri- 
mary care of patients for each system, emphasizing 
neurologic, immunologic, and endocrinologic compo- 
nents that impact disease, and analyzes the physiolog- 
ical basis of health and disease states across the life 
span. (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 541 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice 

This course focuses on the pharmacotherapeutic 
principles of drugs most commonly used by nurse prac- 
titioners in primary care. The course reviews pertinent 
pathophysiology and emphasizes drug therapy for 
agent selection, monitoring drug therapy, identifying and 
avoiding adverse drug reactions and interactions, as 
well as thorough patient counseling with regard to prop- 
er drug usage. This course meets the pharmacology 
requirement for APRN licensure in Connecticut. 
(Prerequisite: NS 540) (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS542 Adult Health I 

This course focuses on healthcare of the adolescent, 
adult, and older adult, particularly regarding the assess- 
ment, diagnosis, treatment, management, and evalua- 
tion of risk factors and problems across environments of 
care. Management of both the physical and behavioral 
mental health issues common to adult acute and chron- 
ic health problems is included. The identification and 
clinical management of abnormal findings generated 
from age-appropriate screenings and cultural assess- 
ments are addressed. Case studies depicting problems 
encountered from adolescence through older adulthood 
are discussed. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking 
and clinical judgment as they relate to the development 
of appropriate differential diagnoses and approaches to 
the management of problems. Nationally accepted evi- 
dence-based practice guidelines are followed. 
(Prerequisites: NS 501, NS 504, NS 505, NS 507, NS 
508, NS 540; NS 541) (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 543 Practicum in Adult Health I 

Students apply theoretical learning about the primary 
care of adults in an ambulatory primary care setting in 
this practicum. Under the supervision of a nurse practi- 
tioner or licensed physician, students provide primary 
care to adult clients from diverse populations. Clinical 
conferences provide an opportunity for discussion and 
sharing of issues encountered in the practicum as they 
relate to the diagnosis, treatment, management, and 
prevention of illness; ethical implications; and the 
promotion of health. The practicum and conferences 
illustrate and analyze the advanced practice role com- 
ponents of clinical practice, consultation, collaboration, 
and education. (Prerequisite: NS 542) (126 clinical 
hours) Three credits. 



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Course Descriptions 




NS 544 Care of Child-Bearing Women & Children 

This course focuses on the care of child-bearing women 
and children. The assessment, diagnosis, treatment, 
management, and evaluation of risk factors and health 
problems of child-bearing women and children across 
environments of care are addressed Consideration is 
given to the unique needs of culturally diverse patients 
as well as the management of both physical and 
behavioral mental health manifestations commonly 
associated with acute and chronic health problems. The 
identification and clinical management of abnormal 
findings generated from age-appropriate assessments 
are a focus within this course. Emphasis is placed on 
critical thinking and clinical judgment as they relate to 
the development of appropriate differential diagnoses 
and approaches to the management of health prob- 
lems. Nationally accepted evidence-based practice 
guidelines are followed. Family theory is studied, along 
with the impact of illness and violence on the family. 
(Prerequisite: NS 543; Co-requisite: NS 545) (42 theo- 
ry hours) Three credits. 

NS 545 Practicum in Care of Child-Bearing 
Women & Children 

Students deliver primary care services to families of 
diverse backgrounds in ambulatory settings under the 
supervision of a nurse practitioner, certified nurse mid- 
wife, or licensed physician in this practicum. Clinical 
conferences provide opportunities for students to share 
experiences encountered in the practicum as they 
relate to diagnosis, treatment, management, and pre- 
vention of illness, health promotion, and risk assess- 
ment. The practicum and conference illustrate and ana- 
lyze the specific advanced practice role components of 
research and change agent skills. (Prerequisite: 
NS 543; Co-requisite: NS 544) (210 clinical hours) Five 
credits. 



NS 547 Care of At-Risk Populations 

This course focuses on the complex management of 
health care problems experienced by special popula- 
tions across the lifespan. The impact of issues such as 
mistreatment, abuse, homelessness, and end of life 
concerns on healthcare needs are examined. Students 
will explore issues of healthcare delivery across envi- 
ronments of care as they integrate all aspects of the 
advanced practice nurse role. A capstone project repre- 
sents analysis, synthesis and utilization of knowledge 
from previous coursework and practica experiences. 
(Prerequisites: NS 539 (ANP students) or NS 545 (FNP 
students) Co-requisite: NS 548) (28 theory hours) Two 
credits. 

NS 548 Practicum in Care of At-Risk Populations 

Students deliver primary care services to special popu- 
lations with complex health problems in a variety of set- 
tings in this practicum. Clinical conferences provide 
opportunities to share experiences encountered in the 
clinical setting as they relate to health and social prob- 
lems, management, health promotion, risk assessment, 
and the role of the nurse practitioner providing primary 
healthcare services to individuals and families from spe- 
cial populations. The clinical experience helps students 
integrate advanced practice nurse role components into 
the clinical management of complex actual or potential 
health problems. Peer group discussion, faculty-pre- 
ceptor collaboration, and faculty, preceptor, and self 
evaluations facilitate increasing independence and 
accountability in clinical practice. Students complete 
a capstone project that reflects critical thinking, 
decision-making skills, and the ability to assess, plan, 
implement, and evaluate. The capstone project ana- 
lyzes, synthesizes, and uses knowledge from previous 
courses/experiences. (Pre/Co-requisite: NS 547) (210 
clinical hours) Five credits. 

NS 550 Psychopathology 

This course examines theories and the dynamics of 
personality to understand influences that shape human 
behavior. Theories examined include cognitive, 
behavioral, developmental, psychodynamic and self 
psychology as they relate to DSM IV-TR classifications. 
Neurobiological bases of psychopathology are present- 
ed. (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 552 Mental Health Nursing of Individuals 

Students are provided with an overview of individual 
psychotherapeutic treatment modalities across the lifes- 
pan including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, 
self-psychology, reminiscence, art therapy, and journal- 
ing. The course emphasizes short-term therapeutic 
strategies and the formation of a therapeutic alliance 
with individuals. The course also includes alternative 
therapeutic modalities such as imagery, relaxation tech- 
niques, and hypnosis, as well as multicultural issues 
related to treatment. Ethical, legal, and ethno-cultural 
considerations as they relate to the treatment of 
individuals with psychiatric disorders are discussed. 
(Prerequisites: NS 501, NS 504, NS 505, NS 507, 
NS 508, NS 540, NS 541, NS 550, NS 559) (42 theory 
hours) Three credits. 



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NS 559 Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis 

This course focuses on comprehensive psychiatric 
assessment and diagnostic skills with individuals and 
families experiencing acute mental health problems. 
Students explore the continuum of responses from 
stress to symptom manifestation. Therapeutic commu- 
nication techniques and specific interviewing strategies 
for working with individuals and families in crisis and/or 
those seeking mental health care are examined. 
Ethical, legal, and ethno-cultural considerations as they 
relate to assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric 
disorders are also discussed. (Prerequisite: NS 550) 
(42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 560 Practicum I: Mental Health Assessment, 
Diagnosis & Treatment of Individuals 

This clinical course gives the student the opportunity to 
develop assessment, diagnostic skills, and treatment 
plans with individuals experiencing acute mental health 
problems. Students conduct comprehensive health 
assessments, psychiatric evaluations, triage, and crisis 
intervention. Clinical sites may include emergency 
rooms, out-patient clinics, in-patient settings, home 
health care and long-term care settings. Supervision is 
provided by the preceptor in the clinical agencies as 
well as by course faculty. (Pre/Co-requisite: NS 552) 
(168 clinical hours) Four credits. 

NS 561 Mental Health Nursing of Groups 
and Families 

This course addresses the basic tenants of group and 
family therapy for the psychiatric-mental health nurse 
practitioner. Students examine major concepts of group 
development, dynamics, and leadership techniques, 
as well as approaches to family (including the works 
of Bowen, Haley and Minuchin), with emphasis on 
techniques and the role of the therapist. Videotape and 
experiential exercises are used to enhance learning, 
and ethical and ethnocultural considerations are 
addressed. (Prerequisite: NS 560; Co-requisite: 
NS 562) (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

NS 562 Practicum II: Mental Health Nursing of 
Groups & Families and Management of 
Individuals 

This clinical course gives students the opportunity to 
develop skills in working with individuals, groups, and 
families. Focus is on ongoing mental healthcare that 
includes psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. These 
experiences are designed to enhance student skills in 
assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy. Students 
co-lead groups, do individual brief psychotherapy, and 
work with families. Clinical sites may include a wide 
range of settings, such as inpatient, community mental 
health centers, drug rehabilitation programs, and men- 
tal health agencies. Supervision is provided by precep- 
tors in the clinical agency, as well as by course faculty. 
(Prerequisite: NS 560; Pre/Co-requisite: NS 561) (210 
clinical hours) Five credits. 



NS 563 Primary Mental Health Nursing 
of At-Risk Populations 

This course is designed to develop increasing inde- 
pendence in primary mental health nursing with an 
emphasis on psychopharmacology. Building on knowl- 
edge from preceding coursework, students apply theo- 
ries, multifaceted treatment modalities, cultural and 
spiritual considerations in the management of complex 
and/or chronically ill special populations. Current 
research is examined to investigate the latest knowl- 
edge and approaches for treatment of mental health 
disorders. Students complete a capstone project that 
reflects critical thinking and decision-making based on 
the analysis and synthesis of knowledge from previous 
courses/experiences. (Prerequisite: NS 562; Co-requi- 
sites: NS 509, NS 564) (28 theory hours) Two credits. 

NS 564 Practicum III: Primary Mental Health 
Nursing of At-Risk Populations 

This final clinical course gives students the opportunity 
to further integrate primary mental health skills and the 
graduate program core content in working with vulnera- 
ble populations. Focus is on the continuous and com- 
prehensive care necessary for the promotion of optimal 
mental health, prevention, and treatment of complex 
mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. 
These experiences are designed to synthesize student 
skills as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. 
Clinical sites may include a wide range of settings, such 
as outpatient clinics, shelters, prisons, inpatient 
settings, long-term care and home health care. 
Supervision is provided by preceptors in the clinical 
agency, as well as by course faculty. (Prerequisite: 
NS 562; Co-requisites: NS 509, NS 563) (210 clinical 
hours) Five credits. 

NS 598 Independent Study in Nursing 

Through individually designed projects or activities, stu- 
dents work with a faculty member to study a specific 
area in depth. (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor 
and dean.) One to five credits. 



Nurse Anesthesia Program Courses 



NS 570 Human Anatomy & Physiology for 
Nurse Anesthetists 

This course presents an in-depth study of human 
anatomy and advanced physiologic principles as they 
relate to nurse anesthesia practice. An overview of 
cellular physiology and function is presented. Special 
attention is placed on the cardiovascular, respiratory 
and renal systems, as well as the normal neuroen- 
docrine response to stress. Tests of respiratory and 
cardiovascular function are reviewed and their analysis 
discussed. Three credits. 



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Course Descriptions 



NS 571 Pharmacologic Strategies in 
Anesthesia Practice 

This course presents a comprehensive study of the 
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs 
used in anesthesia practice. Students will focus upon 
the mechanisms of action of inhalational anesthetics, 
intravenous anesthetics, and neuromuscular blocking 
agents. Special attention will be placed upon the com- 
parative pharmacology of all anesthetic agents as well 
as their effects on all organ systems. Emphasis is on 
the practical applications of the anesthetic agents 
through case presentations and group discussion. 
Three credits. 

NS 572 Basic Principles of Nurse Anesthesia 
Practice 

This course provides an introduction to anesthesia 
practice. Emphasis is on pre-anesthesia assessment, 
patient monitoring, and management of patients 
receiving anesthesia. Students learn basic airway 
management skills, basic fluid and blood replacement 
calculations, and basic regional anesthesia techniques. 
Students also master the anesthesia machine and 
anesthesia breathing systems. Hands-on workshops 
are used to complement lecture and enhance student 
learning. Three credits. 

NS 573 Chemistry & Physics for 
Nurse Anesthetists 

This course provides a detailed discussion of basic 
organic, inorganic, and biochemical principles, as well 
as basic physical principles, as they relate to nurse 
anesthesia practice. Special attention is placed on the 
behavior of gases and gas laws, principles of diffusion, 
principles of laminar and turbulent flow and resistance, 
and the biochemical processes necessary for basic cel- 
lular function. In addition, basic principles of light and 
electricity are discussed with a focus on operating room 
safety and use of biomedical equipment. Two credits. 

NS 574 Advanced Principles of 

Nurse Anesthesia Practice 

Provides an in-depth presentation of the various spe- 
cialties within clinical anesthesia practice. Attention is 
on the practical clinical considerations involved in 
administering anesthesia and providing appropriate 
patient monitoring in specialty anesthesia practice. 
Focus is on thoracic anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, 
neuroanesthesia, obstetrical anesthesia and pediatric 
anesthesia. The important pathophysiology of special- 
ty clinical case types will be presented. Issues within a 
specialty field will be addressed including the rationale 
behind current approaches in clinical case manage- 
ment. Three credits. 

NS 575 Clinical Orientation/Specialty Rotations 

Clinical orientation is designed to introduce the student 
to the hands-on basics of Nurse Anesthesia Practice. 
Emphasis is placed on anesthesia equipment setup and 
drug preparation, basic airway management skills and 
basic regional anesthesia skills. In addition, each 
student will take part in an orientation to the PACU, 
anesthesia pain service, anesthesia preoperative hold- 



ing area, preoperative testing and respiratory therapy 
service. These rotations introduce the student to the 
adjunct hospital services necessary for the care of the 
patient during the perioperative period. One credit. 

NS 576 Clinical Practicum I 

Clinical Practicum I is designed for the novice practition- 
er to integrate academic knowledge with basic practical 
application. Emphasis is on basic airway management, 
function and use of anesthesia equipment, pre- 
operative assessment and evaluation, intra-operative 
management, and post-anesthesia management for the 
healthy ASA class I and II patient. Students work side by 
side with a certified anesthesia provider at all times. 
One credit. 

NS 577 Clinical Practicum II 

This clinical practicum provides experience for the 
beginning intermediate student practitioner who has 
demonstrated successful completion of clinical 
practicum I. Clinical Practicum II deals with the 
incorporation and integration of knowledge, skills and 
objectives for a more comprehensive and complex 
range of patients and surgeries. Emphasis is placed on 
the development of independent critical decision 
making skills as the student begins to gain independ- 
ence in practice. One credit. 

NS 578 Research Practicum in Nurse Anesthesia 

This course provides nurse anesthesia students with 
the opportunity to analyze, synthesize, and apply knowl- 
edge from previous courses/experiences in the 
anesthesia program. Students will select an at-risk 
population of relevance to nurse anesthesia and identi- 
fy a practice problem. Based upon a thorough review of 
existing literature, students will propose solutions to 
reduce risk and explore these solutions with the course 
faculty and the preceptor in their clinical setting. 
Students will then implement and evaluate the preferred 
solution and present their findings to faculty and peers. 
The capstone project promotes reflective critical think- 
ing, decision-making skills, and the ability to implement 
the nursing process at the advanced practice nursing 
level. Two credits. 

NS 579 Clinical Correlation Conference I 

This purpose of this course is to provide an integrated 
knowledge for clinical practice and preparation for 
professional practice. The course will review major 
academic and clinical areas in anesthetic practice. 
Students analyze anesthetic case management in sem- 
inar-style discussions. Two credits. 

NS 580 Clinical Practicum III 

This course provides experience for the intermediate 
student practitioner in order to incorporate and integrate 
advanced academic knowledge, clinical skills and 
critical decision making for a more comprehensive 
range of patients. At the completion of Clinical 
Practicum III the student will demonstrate the ability to 
manage the anesthesia care of the ASA class l-V and 
IE-VE with supervision. Student independence is 
encouraged as the intermediate anesthesia provider 



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works alone with attending physicians for healthy, 
uncomplicated procedures and supervised for more 
complex cases. Two credits. 

NS 581 Clinical Correlation Conference II 

This purpose of this course is to provide an integrated 
knowledge for clinical practice and preparation for 
professional practice. The course will review major 
academic and clinical areas in anesthetic practice. 
Students analyze anesthetic case management in sem- 
inar-style discussions. One credit. 

NS 582 Clinical Practicum IV 

This clinical practicum is designed to allow the 
advanced student practitioner to integrate all previously 
attained knowledge and clinical skills into anesthesia 
practice for all elective and emergency ASA class l-V 
patients. At the completion of Clinical Practicum IV the 
Advanced Student Practitioner will be able to formulate, 
implement and evaluate a plan for perioperative anes- 
thesia care for adult and pediatric ASA l-V patients and 
ASA IE-VE patients with supervision, demonstrate criti- 
cal thinking skills in a diverse range of clinical situations, 
including off-site anesthesia locations and as a member 
of the "code team", work in a collaborative effort with 
other members of the anesthesia and surgical care 
teams, exhibit ethical and professional behavior in 
anesthesia practice and function as a patient advocate. 
Two credits. 

NS 583 Clinical Correlation Conference III 

This purpose of this course is to provide an integrated 
knowledge for clinical practice and preparation for pro- 
fessional practice. The course will review major aca- 
demic and clinical areas in anesthetic practice. This 
review will include a combination of lecturers, exams, 
seminar discussions and anesthetic case management 
discussions. One credit. 

NS 584 Professional Aspects of 
Nurse Anesthesia Practice 

This course presents an in-depth study of the issues 
affecting professional practice of nurse anesthesia. This 
includes an overview of the history of nurse anesthesia 
practice, legal and ethical principles governing nurse 
anesthesia practice, negligence and malpractice, crisis 
management and the impaired professional, profes- 
sional roles and responsibilities, professional standards 
of care, professional organization involvement, and reg- 
ulation of professional practice. It also examines the 
various practice settings, reimbursement procedures, 
quality improvement, cultural competency, and ethical 
issues in decision-making. Three credits. 

NS 585 Clinical Practicum V 

This final clinical practicum is designed to allow the 
complex practitioner to demonstrate the integration of 
all previous knowledge, skills and objectives, for the 
anesthetic management of all ASA l-V and ASA IE-IVE 
patients. At the completion of Clinical Practicum V the 
student will be able to function as an independent 
practitioner and will have met all of the requirements in 
order to sit for the national certification examination. 



The complex practitioner will be able to formulate, 
implement and evaluate a plan for perioperative 
anesthesia care for adult and pediatric ASA l-V and ASA 
IE-VE patients, demonstrate critical thinking skills in all 
clinical situations and patient care venues, work in a 
collaborative effort with other members of the anesthe- 
sia and surgical care team, function as a team leader 
and collaborative member in cardiopulmonary resusci- 
tation, and exhibit ethical and professional behavior in 
anesthesia practice. Two credits. 



School of Business Courses 



IS 500 Information Systems 

This course provides a managerial perspective on infor- 
mation systems and technologies and their enabling 
roles in business strategies and operations. Case stud- 
ies are used to facilitate discussions of practical appli- 
cations and issues involving strategic alignments of 
organizations, resource allocation, integration, plan- 
ning, and cost/benefit/performance analysis. 
Information technology software and tools, such as 
Group Support Systems (GSS), Enterprise Resource 
Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management 
(CRM), and eCommerce are used at appropriate points 
during the course. (Prerequisite: Competency in basic 
office software; e.g., Microsoft Office.) (42 theory hours) 
Three credits. 

MG 400 Organizational Behavior 

This course examines micro-level organizational 
behavior theories as applied to organizational settings. 
Topics include motivation, leadership, job design, inter- 
personal relations, group dynamics, communication 
processes, organizational politics, career development, 
and strategies for change at the individual and group 
levels. The course uses an experiential format to pro- 
vide students with a simulated practical understanding 
of these processes in their respective organizations. 
Three credits. 

MG 500 Managing People for Competitive 
Advantage 

This course focuses on effectively managing people in 
organizations by emphasizing the critical links between 
strategy, leadership, organizational change and human 
resource management. It is premised on the goal of 
assisting students from all functions — finance, market- 
ing, engineering, accounting — to become leaders who 
can motivate and mobilize their people to focus on 
strategic goals. Topics such as the strategic importance 
of people, leading organizational change, corporate 
social responsibility, implementing successful mergers 
and acquisitions, and fundamentals of HR practices are 
discussed, interweaving management theory with real 
world practice. Class sessions are a combination of 
case discussions, experiential exercises, and lectures. 
(42 theory hours) Three credits. 



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Course Descriptions 



MG 503 Legal and Ethical Environment 
of Business 

This course helps students be more responsible and 
effective managers of the gray areas of business con- 
duct that call for normative judgment and action. The 
course is designed to develop skills in logical reasoning, 
argument and the incorporation of legal, social, and 
ethical considerations into decision-making. The course 
teaches the importance of legal and ethical business 
issues and enables students to make a difference in 
their organizations by engaging in reasoned considera- 
tion of the normative aspects of the firm. Using the case 
method, the course provides an overview of current top- 
ics, including the legal process, corporate governance, 
employee rights and responsibilities, intellectual proper- 
ty and technology, and the social responsibility of busi- 
ness to its various stakeholders. (42 theory hours) 
Three credits. 

MG 507 Negotiations and Dispute Resolution 

This course uses the theories of negotiation and 
alternative dispute resolution, along with extensive 
experiential exercises, to build individual negotiation 
skills and to help students manage disputes from a busi- 
ness perspective. The course emphasizes ways of 
managing both internal and external disputes. 
Prerequisite: MG 500. (42 theory hours) Three credits. 

MK 400 Marketing Management 

This course examines analytical and managerial 

techniques that apply to the marketing function, with an 
emphasis on the development of a conceptual frame- 
work necessary to plan, organize, direct, and control the 
product, and strategies for promotion, distribution, and 
pricing strategies of the firm. The course also considers 
the relationship of marketing to other units within the 
firm. (42 theory hours) Three credits. 




Compliance Statements and Notifications 



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COMPLIANCE STATEMENTS 
AND NOTIFICATIONS 



Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy 
and Campus Crime Statistics Act 

Fairfield University complies with the Jeanne Clery 
Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus 
Crime Statistics Act. This report contains a summary of 
the Fairfield University Department of Public Safety poli- 
cies and procedures along with crime statistics as 
required. A copy of this report may be obtained at the 
Department of Public Safety in Loyola Hall, Room 2, by 
calling the department at (203) 254-4090, or by visiting 
the Fairfield University Public Safety website. The 
Office of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, 365 days 
a year. 

Fairfield is a drug-free campus and workplace. 

Catalog 

This catalog pertains only to the graduate programs 
offered through the School of Nursing. It is useful as a 
source of continuing reference and should be saved by 
the student. The provisions of this bulletin are not an 
irrevocable contract between Fairfield University and 
the student. The University reserves the right to change 
any provision or any requirement at any time. 

Non-Discrimination Statement 

Fairfield University admits students of any sex, race, 
color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age, 
national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap to all 
the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally 
accorded or made available to students of the 
University. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, 
race, color, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, 
age, national origin or ancestry, disability or handicap in 
administration of its educational policies, admissions 
policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan 
programs, athletic programs, or other University-admin- 
istered programs. Inquiries about Fairfield's non- 
discrimination policies may be directed to the Dean of 
Students, (203) 254-4000, ext. 4211. 

Notification of Rights Under FERPA 

Fairfield University complies with the Family 
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1 974 (also known 
as the Buckley Amendment), which defines the rights 
and protects the privacy of students with regard to their 
educational records. A listing of records maintained, 
their location, and the means of reviewing them is avail- 
able in the Office of the Dean of Students. 

The rights afforded to students with respect to their 
education records under FERPA are: 

1 . The right to inspect and review the student's educa- 
tion records within 45 days of the day the University 
receives a request for access. Students should 
submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic 



department, or other appropriate official, written 
requests that identify the record(s) they wish to 
inspect. The University official will make arrange- 
ments for access and notify the student of the time 
and place where the records may be inspected. If 
the records are not maintained by the University offi- 
cial to whom the request was submitted, that official 
shall advise the student of the correct official to 
whom the request should be addressed. 

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's 
education records that the student believes are 
inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the 
University to amend a record that they believe is 
inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the 
University official responsible for the record, clearly 
identify the part of the record they want changed, 
and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the 
University decides not to amend the record as 
requested by the student, the University will notify 
the student of the decision and advise the student of 
his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for 
amendment. Additional information regarding the 
hearing procedures will be provided to the student 
when notified of the right to a hearing. 

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally 
identifiable information contained in the student's 
education records, except to the extent that FERPA 
authorizes disclosure without consent. One 
exception that permits disclosure without consent is 
disclosure to school officials with legitimate educa- 
tional interests. A school official is a person 
employed by the University in an administrative, 
supervisory, academic or research, or support staff 
position (including law enforcement unit personnel 
and health staff); a person or company with whom 
the University has contracted (such as an attorney, 
auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the 
Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official 
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance 
committee, or assisting another school official in 
performing his or her tasks. A school official has a 
legitimate educational interest if the official needs to 
review an education record in order to fulfill his or 
her professional responsibility. 

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. 
Department of Education concerning alleged fail- 
ures by Fairfield University to comply with the 
requirements of FERPA. The name and address of 
the Office that administers FERPA are: 

Family Policy Compliance Office 
U.S. Department of Education 
600 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20202-4605 

Title II Report 

The Title II Higher Education Reauthorization Act 
Report is available online: 
www.fairfield.edu/academic/graedu/acadinfo.htm. 



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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid 



TUITION, FEES, 
AND FINANCIAL AID 



Tuition and Fees 

The schedule of tuition and fees for the academic year 
2006-07 follows: 

Application for matriculation 

(not refundable) $55 

Registration per semester $25 

Tuition per credit $455 

Change course fee $10 

Audit fee (per three-credit course) . . . $652.50 

Lab fee $45 

Materials fee $15-50 

Health Assessment clinical fee 
(NS 504) to be determined by 
and paid directly to agency .... Approx. $200 

Commencement fee 

(required of all degree recipients) $150 

Certificate processing fee 

(post-master's students) $15 

Transcript fee $4 

Promissory note fee $25 

Returned check fee $30 

Tuition and Fees for Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP): 

Application fee $55 

Acceptance fee $900 

Materials fee $1 ,400 

Tuition* 

(for the 29-month period*) $32,500 

SEE exam** 

(fee may increase) $110x2 

The University's Trustees reserve the right to change 
tuition rates and the fee schedule and to make addition- 
al changes whenever they believe it necessary. 

Full payment of tuition and fees, and authorization for 
billing a company must accompany registration. 
Payments may be made in the form of cash (in person 
only), check, money order, credit card (MasterCard, 
VISA, or American Express), or online payment at 
www.fairfield.edu/tuition. All checks are payable to 
Fairfield University. 

Degrees will not be conferred and transcripts will not be 
issued until students have met all financial obligations to 
the University. 

"Self-Evaluation Exam - students will be required to take the 
SEE Exam in January of the junior and senior years. 



Deferred Payment 

During the fall and spring semesters, eligible students 
may defer payment on tuition as follows: 

1 . For students taking fewer than six credits: At regis- 
tration, the student pays one-half of the total tuition 
due plus all fees and signs a promissory note for the 
remaining tuition balance. The promissory note pay- 
ment due date varies according to each semester. 

2. For students taking six credits or more: At registra- 
tion, the student pays one-fourth of the total tuition 
due plus all fees and signs a promissory note to pay 
the remaining balance in three consecutive monthly 
installments. The promissory note payment due 
dates vary according to the semester. 

Failure to honor the terms of the promissory note will 
prevent future deferred payments and affect future 
registrations. 



Reimbursement by Employer 

Many corporations pay their employees' tuition. 
Students should check with their employers. If they are 
eligible for company reimbursement, students must 
submit, at in-person registration, a letter on company 
letterhead acknowledging approval of the course regis- 
tration and explaining the terms of payment. The terms 
of this letter, upon approval of the Bursar, will be 
accepted as a reason for deferring that portion of tuition 
covered by the reimbursement. Even if covered by 
reimbursement, all fees (registration, processing, lab, 
or material) are payable at the time of registration. 

Students will be required to sign a promissory note, 
which requires a $25 processing fee, acknowledging 
that any outstanding balance must be paid in full prior 
to registration for future semesters. A guarantee that 
payment will be made must be secured at the time of 
registration with a MasterCard, VISA, or American 
Express credit card. If the company offers less than 
100-percent unconditional reimbursement, the student 
must pay the difference at the time of registration and 
sign a promissory note for the balance. Letters can only 
be accepted on a per-semester basis. Failure to pay 
before the next registration period will prevent future 
deferred payments and affect future registration. 



Nurse Anesthesia Program 
Tuition Reimbursement 

The program's sponsor, Bridgeport Anesthesia 
Associates (BAA) offers a tuition reimbursement pro- 
gram. Any student who agrees to work for BAA as a 
staff CRNA for 13 months post graduation will have 
100% of their student loans paid, up to the full cost of 
tuition. Students are eligible for financial aid at full-time 
status throughout the program regardless of the credit 
hours enrolled. 



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Nurse Anesthesia Program 
Living Expenses 

Students are responsible for all personal expenses 
while in the program. There are a limited number of hos- 
pital dormitory rooms available at Bridgeport Hospital 
that may be rented through the hospital's engineering 
coordinator on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The University's Trustees reserve the right to change 
tuition rates and the fee schedule and to make addition- 
al changes whenever they believe it necessary. Full 
payment of tuition and fees, and authorization for billing 
a company must accompany registration. Payments 
may be made in the form of cash (in person only), 
check, money order, credit card (MasterCard, VISA, or 
American Express), or online payment at www.fair- 
field.edu/tuition. All checks are payable to Fairfield 
University. Degrees will not be conferred and transcripts 
will not be issued until students have met all financial 
obligations to the University. 



Refund of Tuition 

All requests for tuition refunds must be submitted to the 
appropriate dean's office immediately after withdrawal 
from class. Fees are not refundable. The request must 
be in writing and all refunds will be made based on the 
date notice is received or, if mailed, on the postmarked 
date according to the following schedule. Refunds of 
tuition charged on a MasterCard, VISA, or American 
Express must be applied as a credit to your charge card 
account. 

Percent Refunded 

Before first scheduled class 100 percent 

Before second scheduled class 90 percent 

Before third scheduled class 80 percent 

Before fourth scheduled class 60 percent 

Before fifth scheduled class 40 percent 

Before sixth scheduled class 20 percent 

After sixth scheduled class No refund 

Refunds take two to three weeks to process. 

Financial Aid 

Advanced Education Nurse Traineeships 

A limited number of Advanced Education Nursing 
Traineeships, made possible through federal legislation, 
are available through the School of Nursing. The 
Division of Nursing of the U.S. Public Health Service 
awards these funds to universities on a competitive 
basis, and they provide funds to be used toward tuition 
and fees for full-time students. For information, please 
contact the School of Nursing office. 



Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid 

Assistantships 

A limited number of part- and full-time University assist- 
antships are available to assist promising and deserving 
students. Assistantships are awarded for a semester 
only and students must reapply each semester for 
renewal of an assistantship award. Renewal of an award 
is based on academic performance and previous service 
performance, and is at the discretion of the dean. 



Federal Stafford Loans 

Under this program, graduate students may apply for up 
to $18,500 per academic year, depending on their edu- 
cational costs. Students demonstrating need (based on 
federal guidelines) may receive up to $8,500 of their 
annual Stafford Loan on a subsidized basis. Any 
amount of the first $8,500 for which the student has not 
demonstrated need (as well as the remaining $10,000 
should they borrow the maximum loan), would be bor- 
rowed on an unsubsidized basis. 

When a loan is subsidized, the federal government pays 
the interest for the borrower as long as he or she 
remains enrolled on at least a half-time basis and for a 
six-month grace period following graduation or with- 
drawal. When a loan is unsubsidized, the student is 
responsible for the interest and may pay the interest on 
a monthly basis or opt to have the interest capitalized 
and added to the principal. 

How to Apply 

To apply for a Federal Stafford loan, apply online at: 

www.opennet.salliemae.com 

Click on "Loan Applicant" and follow the instructions 
on how to set up your account online and apply for a 
Federal Stafford online with Sallie Mae. 

After successfully applying for your Federal Stafford 
loan online, you can electronically sign (E-sign) the loan 
online. However, if you do not want to use E-Sign, you 
can still print out the MPN, sign it, and mail it directly to 
Sallie Mae at the address they list on the MPN. 

'Stafford Loan Borrowers must have a current FAFSA 
form on file and have completed Entrance Counseling 
via www.mapping-your-future.org before your loan can 
disburse. To apply online for the FAFSA go to: 
www.fafsa.ed.gov (Fairfield's school code is 001385). 

If you have any questions, please call the Financial Aid 
Office at extension (203) 254-4125. 

Approved loans will be disbursed in two installments. 
Students borrowing from Sallie Mae lenders will have 
their funds electronically disbursed to their University 
accounts. Students who borrow from other lenders will 
need to sign their loan checks in the Bursar's Office 
before the funds can be applied to their accounts. 
Receipt of financial aid requires full matriculation in a 
degree program. 



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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid 



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Sallie Mae Signature Loan Program 

These loans help graduate and professional students 
pay the cost of attending the University. Repayment 
begins approximately six months after you leave school 
with interest rates ranging from Prime -0.5% to Prime 
+ 2.0% depending on credit worthiness and having/ 
not having a co-borrower. Students may borrow from 
$500 to the Cost of Attendance less financial aid. For 
information contact Signature Customer Service at 
(800) 695-3317 or www.salliemae.com/signature. 



Tax Deductions 

Treasury regulation (1.162.5) permits an income tax 
deduction for educational expenses (registration fees 
and the cost of travel, meals, and lodging) undertaken 
to: maintain or improve skills required in one's employ- 
ment or other trade or business; or meet express 
requirements of an employer or a law imposed as a 
condition to retention of employment job status or rate 
of compensation. 



Veterans 

Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree 
studies pursued at Fairfield University. Veterans should 
submit their file numbers at the time of registration. The 
University Registrar's office will complete and submit 
the certification form. 



SCHOOL OF NURSING 
ADMINISTRATION 



Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 
Dean 

Theresa Tavella Quell, Ph.D., MSN, RN 

Assistant Dean 

Jean W. Lange, Ph.D., RN 

Graduate Program Director 

Diana R. Mager, MSN, RN 

Director, Learning Resource Center 



SCHOOL OF NURSING 
SPECIALTY TRACK 
COORDINATORS 



Sheila C. Grossman, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Family Nurse Practice 

Doris T. Lippman, BSN, M.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., FAAN 

Psychiatric Nurse Practice 

Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 

Healthcare Management 



Administration and Faculty 

Alison E. Kris 

Assistant Professor of Nursing 
BSN, B.A., University of Pennsylvania 
Ph.D., University of California 

Jean W. Lange 

Associate Professor of Nursing 
BSN, State University of New York, Binghamton 
M.N., University of California, Los Angeles 
Ph.D., University of Connecticut 



Doris T. Lippman 

Professor of Nursing 

BSN, Cornell University 

M.A., Fairfield University 

M.Ed., Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University 

Nancy A. Moriber 

Adjunct Assistant Professor 
M.S., Columbia University 

Jeanne M. Novotny 

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing 
BSN, M.S., Ohio State University 
Ph.D., Kent State University 

Joyce Shea 

Assistant Professor of Nursing 
B.S., Fairfield University 
MSN, Yale University 
DNSc, Yale University 

Meredith Wallace 

Associate Professor of Nursing 
BSN, Boston University 
MSN, Yale University 
Ph.D., New York University 

Kathleen Wheeler 

Professor of Nursing 

B.S., Cornell University 

M.A., Ph.D., New York University 



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FACULTY 



Faculty Emeriti 



Suzanne H. Campbell 

Assistant Professor of Nursing 
B.S., M.S., University of Connecticut 
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island 

Philip A. Greiner 

Associate Professor of Nursing 

B.S., Albright College 

BSN, MSN, DNSc, University of Pennsylvania 

Sheila C. Grossman 

Professor of Nursing 
B.S., University of Connecticut 
M.S., University of Massachusetts 
Ph.D., University of Connecticut 



Suzanne MacAvoy 1972-2003 

Professor of Nursing, Emerita 

JoanM. Mohr 1972-1995 

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Emerita 

Alice M.Obrig 1973-2001 

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Emerita 

Phyllis E. Porter 1970-1989 

Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita 
Dean, School of Nursing, Emerita 



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Fairfield University Administration 



FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY 

ADMINISTRATION 

2006-07 



Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., Ph.D. 

President 

Charles H. Allen, S.J., M.A. 

Executive Assistant to the President 
Michael J. Doody, S.J. 

Director of Campus Ministry 
James M. Bowler, S.J., M.A. 

Facilitator of Jesuit and Catholic Mission 
and Identity 

Orin L. Grossman, Ph.D. 

Academic Vice President 

Mary Frances A. H. Malone, Ph.D. 

Associate Academic Vice President 
Judith Dobai, M.A. 

Associate Vice President for Enrollment 

Management 
Georgia F. Day, Ph.D. 

Assistant Academic Vice President, 

TRIO Programs 
Timothy L. Snyder, Ph.D. 

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
Norman A. Solomon, Ph.D. 

Dean, Charles F. Dolan School of Business 
Susan Douglas Franzosa, Ph.D. 

Dean, Graduate School of Education 

and Allied Professions 
Edna F. Wilson, Ed.D. 

Dean, University College 
Evangelos Hadjimichael, Ph.D. 

Dean, School of Engineering 
Jeanne M. Novotny, Ph.D. 

Dean, School of Nursing 
Debnam Chappell. Ph.D. 

Dean of Freshmen 
Robert C. Russo, M.A. 

University Registrar 

William J. Lucas, MBA 

Vice President for Finance and Administration and 

Treasurer 

Michael S. Maccarone, M.S. 

Associate Vice President for Finance 
Richard I. Taylor, B.S., C.E. 

Associate Vice President for Campus 

Planning and Operations 
Mark J. Guglielmoni, M.A. 

Director of Human Resources 
Kenneth R. Fontaine, MBA 

Controller 



James A. Estrada, M.A., M.L.I.S. 

Vice President for Information Services and 
University Librarian 

Mark C. Reed '96, MBA, M.Ed. 
Vice President for Student Affairs 
Thomas C. Pellegrino '90, Ph.D., J.D. 

Dean of Students 
Eugene P. Doris, M.A.T 

Director of Athletics 

Fredric C. Wheeler, M.P.A 

Acting Vice President for University Advancement 
Martha Milcarek, B.S. 

Assistant Vice President for 

Public Relations 



Administrators Emeriti 



Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Ph.D. 
1979-2004 

President Emeritus 

John A. Barone, Ph.D. 

1950-1992 

Professor of Chemistry and Provost, Emeritus 

Barbara D. Bryan, M.S. 

1965-1996 

University Librarian, Emerita 

Henry J. Murphy, S.J. 
1959-1997 
Dean of Freshmen, Emeritus 

Phyllis E. Porter, MSN 
1970-1989 

Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita 
Dean, School of Nursing, Emerita 



Fairfield University Board of Trustees 



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FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 



Nancy A. Altobello '80 

Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J. 

Rev. Terrence A. Baum, S.J. 

Joseph F. Berardino 72 

Ronald F. Carapezzi '81 

Kevin M. Conlisk '66 

E. Gerald Corrigan, Ph.D., '63 

Sheila K. Davidson '83 

Joseph A. DiMenna Jr. '80 

Charles F. Dolan, P'86,'85 

William P. Egan '67, P'99 

Thomas A. Franko '69 

Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. 

Rev. Edward Glynn, S.J. 

Rev. Otto H. Hentz, S.J. 

Brian P. Hull '80 

Paul J. Huston '82 (Chairman of the Board) 

Patricia Hutton '85 

John R. Joyce 

Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J. 

Jack L. Kelly '67, P'96 

Ned C. Lautenbach 

Stephen M. Lessing 76 

Clinton A. Lewis Jr. '88 

Thomas P. Loughlin '80 

Roger M. Lynch '63, P'95 

Michele Macauda 78 

William A. Malloy '80 

Michael E. McGuinness '82 

John C. Meditz 70 

ElnerL. Morrell'81, P'03 

Most. Rev. George V. Murry, S.J. 

Christopher C. Quick 79 

Lawrence C. Rafferty '64 

Rosellen Schnurr 74, P'04 

Sandi Simon, P'01 

Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. 

William P. Weil '68 




Trustees Emeriti 

Alphonsus J. Donahue 
Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. 
Francis J. McNamara Jr. 



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